My daughter and i were just reading the African children's book, Shadow. It's one of my all-time favorites. It's amazing because I don't think the word "black" is ever used to describe the shadow in the whole book. Have you ever read that? Shadows are so important, like our inner shadows and the shadows of the world that indicate lack of light. So many meanings. But it's not evil, it's a necessary part of existence to have the black and the white, the yin and the yang, the shadow and the light. Thank you for writing this, it's great!