Letters to the Editor

LTE: Development of Mixed Race Children

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 10:19:31 -0800 (PST)
From: B. M. Bronson
Subject: Letter to the Editor

As an African American father of a 4 1/2 year old multiracial son I have great interest in the issues surrounding the development of mixed race children. Before my wife and I decided to get married and have kids we both agreed that we were going to raise our children as human beings of African-Irish-German American descent. I think it is very important for parents to explain and define their childrens ethnicity as soon as possible so that their children are not defined by people who don’t respect or embrace their multiracial heritage. As I explained to my son, America has been playing race games for over 400 years and its not going to stop anytime soon therefore the only thing that really matters is the love and respect that your family has for you and each other. It is my feeling and experience that non-Whites will be much more excepting of my son then Whites, therefore I will encourage my son to seek a much broader experience then the one he will find in the US because 3/4 of the world are people of color. However, at the end of the day my son will ultimately find out that we are define by our family and the small community of friends that treat us with love dignity and respect.

Loving father of a biracial son.

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