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A Black Man in Orange County

Chris Smith, 22, is among the small percentage of African Americans who live in the Southern California communities of Orage County. Doualy Xaykaothao, NPR hide caption

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Chris Smith's best friend Huy Van Huynh, 21, hangs out at Mile Square Park in Orange County, Calif. Doualy Xaykaothao, NPR hide caption

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Southern California is known for its diversity. But in its traditionally most conservative enclave, Orange County, only 1.5 percent out of a population of 3 million are African Americans. Reporter Doualy Xaykaothao profiles one of them — a black youth coming to terms with his identity, having grown up in isolation in the OC.