Black White Man

My mother is black, and my father is white. I walk among you.

Archive for March, 2012

Musings of a Multicultural Five-year-old

Since I first became a father five years ago, I’ve struggled with how to explain issues around race and ethnicity to my little boy. He takes after his mother. He’s fair skinned, blond and blue eyed. But, he knows that his Grandma is her whole side of the family (aunts, uncles, cousins) are Black.

Now he’s in Kindergarten and he’s getting exposed to a lot more multiracial kids. Three of the kids in the class, out of thirty-two, are half-Black and half-White. Several more or different kinds of mixed-race folk. So, he’s just now starting to “get it” a little bit more. Last week, adorably, he told me that he is “one slice of chocolate pie and three slices of vanilla.” I’m glad that he feels some connection to my family’s heritage.