Validating Racial Identity

June 27th, 2008
Categories: Biracial, Transracial

I’ve mentioned that our homeschooling schedule becomes slightly more relaxed during the summer months. We tend to lots of reading for the various summer reading programs. For one such program, my oldest son read The Jacket, by Andrew Clements. The book centers on a Caucasian boy who accuses an African-American boy of stealing a jacket. When it’s revealed this accusation is in error, it causes the boy to rethink his beliefs about race and color, and examine his own prejudices. I asked my son about this book. He was able to summarize the plot for me, and give me basic information about the book. However, when I asked him more detailed questions about the meaning of the book, he gave technically correct answers, but didn’t seem to… [more]

Biracial Adoption – How to Raise a Confident Biracial Child

July 24th, 2007
Categories: Biracial

biracial Whether you are adopting trans-racially or not, there are special considerations in biracial adoption. The focus of this article is to help the adoptive parents of biracial children, or those considering biracial adoption, in raising confident children who are secure and confident with all aspects of their racial identity. As a biracial person myself, I remember growing up in the 1970’s amid rude comments and people who just didn’t “get it” or “get” me. I remember being absolutely sick of “The Box” – the ethnic identifier box you had to check off for school, work – just about anything – and since I was in the newly created Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, I had to fill out a lot of these… [more]