White Dad, Black Son

Color-blind parenting, pretending that racism doesn't exist, does a disservice to our children, writes this transracial adoptive father.

One dad describes why racially conscious parenting is important.
"Whose baby is that?" "Is that your child?" Shortly after my newborn son arrived through a transracial adoption, we began drawing frequent stares and questions from strangers whenever we were out in public. Though we live in a racially diverse neighborhood, I didn't expect the sight of a middle-aged white man carrying an African-American infant, peering out from a chest-worn sling, to be such an attention-grabber. When white people looked at us, they often seemed curious about the nature of ...

In a society that claims to be “color-blind,” we must parent deliberately.

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