I had a friend (Hi Dan!) send me this article awhile back when I posted about raising a black daughter.
I printed it off and put on the counter to read “later.” Jeff found it a few days later and read it over his morning cup of coffee. He went on and on about how enlightening it was. He gave me a brief synopsis and I put reading it on my to-do list. Sadly, it sat on the list for quite some time as I didn’t want to read anything that required a brain cell. When I finally got around to reading it, I learned exactly was Jeff was talking about.
Sure, it is one article written by one person, I get that. I know that you can find research to support any wild and crazy theory you have, but this was really the first time I have read anything that addressed the issues they brought to light. When I finished the last page I exhaled a huge sigh of relief.
The journey won’t be easy. I can’t ignore it. It is an issue.
Odette is black. I am not. But, the truth of the matter is she will never be who her black friends down the street are. I don’t need to worry about forcing it.
Neither do you.
If you are a transracial family print the article. Read it when you get a chance. Come back and comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.