Re: Pick a race?
I think it is very possible to embrace more than one racial background. My beautiful seven-year-old granddaughter is African-American and white. She identifies with role models on both sides of the family. She plays with, fights with, and dearly loves cousins on both sides. Her speech and enchanting ways are a product of both cultures. I would not want to see her deny either side of herself and I don't believe her dad or grandma would either. I know that the multiracial people who are college age and older now had a whole different experience, but I hope it will be different for her generation.
You know what else? Because of the close bond I have with her and the time I've spent doing things with her and her cousins, I sometimes feel like my own inner being has somehow become multiracial. Does that make sense?
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