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  •  This. A thousand times. (3+ / 0-)
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    CocoaLove, gramofsam1, smartdemmg
    No one should feel or be deemed tragic for a circumstance they did not create. Nor should they pick up labels created by people who probably aren't concerned about their welfare.
    And the use of the term, and consequent analysis of mixed race children with roughly the same degree of warmth that one would show a lab rat, is a goddam shame.

    "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany." - Ron Burgundy

    by malharden on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:49:51 PM PST

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    •  They do get analyzed to death, (1+ / 0-)
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      don't they. And I don't doubt that there might be some figuring out for them to do at times.
      Thing is, the actual mixed race kids that I know, including my grandson, do not seem nearly as concerned about this as all of the people trying to study and evaluate them.

       

      •  It's a good thing that your grandson (0+ / 0-)

        isn't so concerned.  I don't know how old he is or where he is growing up, but I think it could account for that for now.

        •  He's thirteen, growing up (2+ / 0-)
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          in a family with white parents, an AA sister, 2 white siblings. He is lucky in that my daughter found a school with a good amount of racial diversity, which sadly was not easy to find.
          I agree it's good that he's not so concerned, he has friends of all races and seems equally comfortable with all of them.
          If people ask him about his heritage, he will tell them that his birth mom was white and his birth father was black, but if he's checking off a box on a school application, he checks the AA box, not whatever they're using as a mixed race category. And it's his choice to do that.

          Ironically, although I used to hear so much about mixed race kids not fitting in anywhere,  the kids I know seem to fit in everywhere, at least so far. The world is changing, and kids are always ahead of the curve.

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