Tag Archives: race confusion

Davianne’s Story

The first time I became aware of my race was in pre-school when I was four years old. The pre-school was in a suburban town outside of Boston, MA in the early 1990’s. I was the only black student in … Continue reading

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Chinese, American, Black, Jewish

My son was about 2 when the class studied Black History Month at his preschool, which is large majority white and Asian, with many Black teachers.  My son is biracial Jewish and Chinese American.  We’ve brought him to Chinese class, … Continue reading

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The Suntan

I am a white woman, my husband is biracial (black/white) and we have a four year old son. I had recently returned from a vacation in Mexico and had a suntan.  While walking home one day with my husband and … Continue reading

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Black and White

Our 4 year-old daughter, of black mother and Jewish father, told her mom, “I’m white,” to which her mother responded, “You are both white and black, because you have a white father and a black mother.”      Thanks to … Continue reading

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“Wow, you’re Different!”

My daughter just turned one. She is biracial. When we have playdates and meet other children her age, the other kids look at me with what my husband and I call the “Wow you are different” look. In our case … 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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If I’m White, Then…

I am a black, West Indian woman who recalls my younger sister’s interaction with us (Parents and I) on one occasion. We were sitting down and my sister, around 3 years old at the time – she was much lighter … Continue reading

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Boy, Am I Glad I’m White!

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. day at my son’s public school. The teacher was telling the kindergarteners about segregation and the hardships of being an African American at the time. My son said, “Boy, am I glad I’m white!”. … Continue reading

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Don’t Matter if You’re Black or White

When my now-adult son Adam was six or seven, after watching a TV bio of Michael Jackson, he came up to me and asked, very solemnly, “Was Michael Jackson white before he was black before he was white?” I laughed … Continue reading

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