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Being biracial and adopted is complicated

Lauren Juanita Hines, Alexandria, VA. I am the American melting pot personified: born to a Mexican father and Caucasian (white, mostly Irish) mother, raised by a Lebanese mother and a German-Irish father. I remember weddings as a child where we all danced the Middle Easter dabke. Cousins on the other side of the family won […]

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Smart black kid plays tennis alone.

Raheem Cash, Alexandria, VA. As a kid I spent a lot of time being one of two or three black kids in honors classes. Spent a lot of time being only black kid that played tennis. Spent a lot of time not being considered “black enough”. Well I’m not a kid anymore and fortunately I […]

My daughter isn’t a “China Doll.”

Debra Cope, Alexandria, VA. Adoption is beautiful, and I really don’t mind helping others navigate the awkward preconceptions that accompany it. But this phrase just burns me because it equates my spunky, lively child with an object . She’s not my toy — she’s my daughter!

My March On Washington Freedom Kiss

Isabel “Scottie” Dalsimer Alexandria, VA It was a bright and sunny day in August 1963. I was 25 years old and just back from a two year assignment in West Africa. My household effects were arriving at my Washington apartment that afternoon, but I had time to go to the March on Washington beforehand. I […]

Rejected or accepted: Race or not?

David Zetoony Alexandria, VA When race is considered in a contest — whether its use is lawful or unlawful, ethical or unethical, motivated to equalize or motivated to discriminate, implicit or explicit, intentional or unintentional — it means that you never know the degree to which you won or lost based upon your merit. If […]

COMPASSION ANGER GOOSEBUMPS RISE I WEEP

HELEN CANNON LOUNSBURY Alexandria, VA I WEEP FOR THE HARD FOUGHT PATH WE ALL HAVE BEEN ON AND STILL ARE ON FOR RACIAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS JUSTICE. WHEN WILL WE EVER LIVE ON THIS PLANET AS HUMANS, RESPECTING EACH OTHER AS LOVING BROTHERS AND SISTERS? SO MUCH T0 DO. HOPE PERSISTS; I’M GLAD FOR THE […]

“How we get along in Washington, D.C.!”

Isabel “Scottie” Dalsimer Alexandria, VA It was a bright and sunny day in August 1963. I was 25 years old and just back from a two year assignment in West Africa. My household effects were arriving at my Washington apartment that afternoon, but I had time to go to the March on Washington beforehand. I […]

My Mother Hated My Dark Skin

Mike Elliott Alexandria, VA My mother was brown. Her skin a shade so perfect until the day she died she was “Puddin” to her family and friends. My father a lighter shade of brown was “high yellow” and proud to be colored. He had a fraternal twin who was dark like an egg plant, blue-black. […]

PROUD TO BE A BLACK MAN

Beniyam Matewos Alexandria, VA I stand up for myself and my beliefs. I stand up for those i love! I speak my mind, think my own thoughts, and do things my way. I won’t compromise what in my heart. I live my life MY way. I won’t allow anyone to step on me. I refuse […]