He limits the political discussion to that. No need for a polemic. And, besides, Roxanne has other things she'd rather talk about. Namely, her son. When she mentions her hope that Willie will embrace both sides of his heritage, Mobley agrees but with a caveat: "I can learn about black culture on my own just through my friends and being American," he says. "But there's not a lot of Persians here, so that's harder. That's why I want to learn more about that side of my culture."
To that end, he plans on taking a Persian language and an Iranian culture class when he starts at Ohio State. "And I definitely want to visit my relatives in Iran," Mobley adds. "My grandmother always says, 'It's beautiful here!' I just have to find the time." He pauses, realizing what the next four or five years will likely have in store. "I should probably go before college starts."