Tell that to the swaths of families who, like Ms. Davis, are raising their kids to be hard working, generous Americans; whose kids are humble, respectful and see themselves as part of the community in which they live, but not necessarily the one they chose to live in. Tell that to the swaths of families whose kids will be judged solely by the color of their skin.
Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Race
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and on May 10 I spoke at the VA Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico about my Japanese heritage. My maternal grandfather “Francis” Inouye was born in Osaka, Japan in 1888. When he was 18, he joined the Japanese Navy where he worked as a chef. Although I’m not sure...Read more
[caption id="attachment_5875" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Nice to see so many books (sold at the festival) written by #mixedrace authors (both fiction, like festival founder, Heidi Durrow's) and non-fiction.[/caption] In June...Read more
As if I needed to tell you, I am light, bright and clearly half White. My father was German, Dutch and Irish and my mother was Black and Japanese. One might assume from this racial makeup and my looks I’d self-identify as anything other than Black. My parents were married in 1960, and because of the...Read more