Talking About Race on All Things Considered

As an NPR fan, it was beyond my wildest dreams to actually be on the show. This past Sunday, NPR’s All Things Considered did a segment about multiracial America,  Checking More Than One Box: A Growing Multiracial Nation. Pretty exciting right? The entire process happened rather quickly, but I guess that’s how things happen in the broadcasting world.

While the idea of multiracial Americans is not new, I think how we discuss it is evolving. Many parents of mixed raced children are teaching our kids to identify as their nationality, American. Or to identify as both races/cultures. I want my kids to know that they have a choice in how they self-identify. They don’t have to be one race or the other. It’s a tricky balance. I don’t know if it really exists.After the segment aired, I received many emails and comments from many people all over the world. A theme resonates throughout them. Parents of multiracial and multi-ethnic children want to talk about race and culture, but we want an intelligent discussion about how those very abstract ideas affect how we raise our children.

I hope you all continue to visit this blog or hang out on my Facebook page. Let’s create an open atmosphere where we can chat about parenting, race, and culture!

What issues or challenges do you face as as someone who wants to raise a global citizen? I’ll try address them in future posts. Mind you, I’m no expert. I’m just figuring it out as I go.

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What not to say to parents of biracial children: Part 1, Part 2.

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