Saturday, April 25, 2009
Only the White Crayon for me, thanks....
In an article in Newsweek, “Beyond Just Black and White,” Raina Kelley writes about wishing her biracial son looked black. Sound familiar? I've posted about it before. In a more recent NY Times article, "A Child of Two Worlds", Nicole Sprinkle stresses in one lengthy rant that she would like her biracial child (half-Columbian/half-white) to identify as mostly white. It strikes me that while Kelley worries about being racist, Sprinkle beats stereotypes into her piece until the reader feels like a bloody pulp.
But you be the judge: is Sprinkle racist for wanting her child to identify as mostly white or is she being an over-protective mom in a dominate white society? And seriously, didn't either of these ladies think about these issues BEFORE having kids (you know, like I'm doing).
I think you can already tell which way I'm leaning. This reminds me a friend who has his dark-skinned daughter check off white-only because he doesn't want her playing that game. But who's playing and who's being played? My husband refused to even finish reading Sprinkle's piece.