Its just that these encounters of people that are different than you are inherently apart of growing up.
Hmm, I don't disagree with this sentiment in general, but there are a lot of other types of differences in people besides race and I do think the film showcased how those types of encounters and relationships impacted Mason. For all the talk of the universality of Boyhood
, it is
grounded in a particular experience (largely Linklater's own growing up in Texas), and while there's a whole range of particulars to any one person's upbringing, for a lot of people encounters of racial diversity may not be a noteworthy thing that would appear in the "highlight reel" of your childhood experiences.
I don't know, I'm interested in hearing other takes, but it's not something I noticed as being lacking or contradictory to my own experience growing up...Really it wasn't until the time period after where Boyhood
leaves off that I really had the opportunity to become friends with a more diverse selection of people. In my own boyhood, most of the important moments in my life involved the people closest to me, and most of the people closest to me just happened to be my own race. Maybe that's getting into a discussion for a different day though.