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.