My kids DON’T have “fractured” identities!

Kelly C,
Los Angeles, CA.

My husband is Japanese and I look “white” though I don’t really know what I “am” because my father was adopted. Our kids are wonderful, beautiful, happy pre-teens. Growing up in a diverse and inclusive place, they have friends from a variety of ethnicities, religions, and social classes. But in school programs and museum shows–and pretty much everywhere there’s any adult-led discussion of race and ethnicity–they are constantly told that they have “fractured” identities, that they don’t fit, that they will suffer from an identify crisis when they are older. It makes me want to smack the adults in the face! I’m truly sorry if these adults face an identity crisis, but they shouldn’t be manufacturing one for kids who just aren’t feeling it!

 

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