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!

Anglo interloper newcomer outsider awkward minority

Laurie Mitchell Dunn Taos, NM In my northern NM community, Native Americans have been here for over 1,000 years and Hispanics for 400 years. Anglos are both minorities and relative newcomers (first arriving about 150 years ago). Even native born Anglos aren’t really accepted as “locals”. The Hispanics here have a saying: “Just because your […]

Guess who’s coming to dinner. Leon?

William A Johnson Port Townsend, WA My older sister brought her fiancé to meet our folks for dinner. I had already met Leon. It was AWKWARD. After my sister left, our parents crossly asked me; “Why did you not tell us he was Black?” Being 16, I made some smart aleck remark. But in retrospect […]