Military families: ahead of the curve.

Monique Hollis-Perry
Alpine, CA

Military bases overseas were homes to many biracial families like mine, and my sister and I went to school with classmates who looked like us. It was many years and thousands of miles from being sent to Fort Gordon, GA as a test case in the 1960s to see how (or whether) soldiers with mixed families could live safely in the South. It was sobering to return to the States and meet people who found us “exotic”, “foreign”, and “strange”. These inquiring minds did not understand that kids like me came from two interconnected cultures: the military and the slipstream allowing us to draw from both parents’ heritages. For us, this was normal.

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  • Rusty73

    As another mixed-race brat, I find this so true. The only thing separating kids in the military was whether your dad was enlisted or an officer. I really didn’t encounter racism until my dad retired and we moved to Virginia. High school was a nightmare and my only friends were other brats (thank goodness the area was a hub for military retirees).

 

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