Tag Archives: Kids on Color

Help! My “Brown” is Coming Off!

My wife and i have adopted one son and are in the process of adopting our first daughter. They are both local kids from S.F. county and are of mixed race. We have always celebrated racial diversity in our family … Continue reading

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The Sesame Street Connection

We were fortunate to send our children to a school that was a little more diverse than most elementary schools in our town – this was 28 years ago. My tow-headed daughter would come home from kindergarten telling me about … Continue reading

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Wash the Dirt Off Your Face Black Man

As a child, I grew up in Iran, where there is little cultural diversity. Pretty much everyone is some shade of olive, and there are little to no people from other races. My Father was business partners with an African-American … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dancing in Circles

My husband is black, I’m white. One day when my daughter was little, I saw her dancing in circles singing, “Brown girl dancing in circles! I’m a brown girl dancing in circles!” over and over and over. LOL!! When my … Continue reading

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Brown Luke and Yellow Jane: The Value of Race Labels

My son is 8. He and we are caucasian – Spanish and American. His friends are from many different cultures and races, and when referring to someone requires calling attention to something that he things will help me remember someone, … Continue reading

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The Funky Gringo

Story #1 – When my older son was about 4 we were riding the subway and he said, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a Mommy.” I said, “Well, you can’t be a Mommy, cause you are a … Continue reading

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What’s English? Kids & The Language of Difference

I chose to send my child to a school that contained a predominantly Hispanic population. This was a big decision for us, and I received the big eye opener that children don’t notice the differences like we do during the … Continue reading

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Black in the Supermarket Checkout Line

Well, my story is about myself a a child, actually – but only my mother remembers it. She tells me that at approximately 6 or 5, we were in a supermarket line. The cashier was a very dark-skinned black lady. … Continue reading

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New Site Helps Parents and Kids Talk About Race

Mikhail Lyubansky, author of the Psychology Today Blog, Between the Lines interviews KoC founder, Charlton McIlwain. Read the Interview here

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My Dad is Black!

Yesterday an elderly friend of the family was asking about my three girls. When people ask why my oldest is blonde (and white) and the other two have brown curly hair (and are brown), I usually just dismiss it as, … Continue reading

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