This is the part I find most significant. I wrote a post (that I will not link because it’d be too self-promotional) about someone I knew whose parents just flat-out told him nothing about the “minority” side of his family. He grew up clearly looking like a POC but disowning it altogether. He stated he’d been “robbed of one-half” of himself, and I naively decided I would make it my mission to try to share the beauty of his minority side. I found it to be more frustrating to try to make him appreciate his biracialism and finally just threw in the towel. Let folks be who they are. But I like your approach so much more. I think it’s important that parents teach their biracial children to appreciate themselves as a whole (skin, culture and all). Great piece.

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