What do you learn from being part of a multiracial family?
Becoming a multiracial family felt like a crash course in race and racism for me. This was the first time that I became aware of my whiteness. My brother who is brown, of Mexican heritage, and grew up in Brooklyn was adopted into my white family when we were both teenagers. We lived in a suburban mostly white community. By this I mean most of my friends were white, most of the people at my school were white, and most of the people in all of the spaces that I frequented were white. Since my multiracial family was formed in an extremely nontraditional way I was not prepared for what to expect. My brother and his experiences opened my eyes to injustices that I didn’t know existed because of my white privilege. We had experiences as a multiracial family that would have never happened when we were a white family. I learned a lot about race and racism in those first few years of us being a multiracial family.
Here are 5 lessons that I learned from becoming a multiracial family:
- Inclusive and diverse spaces are necessary for all of us to thrive.
- White people need to learn how to talk about race and racism.
- It is my responsibility to get more white people involved and organizing to dismantle racism and end white supremacy.
- The best way I can protect and stand up for my family of color is through advocacy, leadership, and activism to promote systemic and institutional change.
- Racism is often the root cause of many mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and trauma.
For those of us who are white, being part of a multiracial family often uncovers aspects of our white privilege and sheds light on our white fragility that we may not even have known were there. It’s important that we acknowledge this, lean into it, learn from it, and then work really hard to change the way things are. Are you ready to create change?
If you want to learn more about how you can support your multiracial family and create an environment where your children and family can thrive and shine, join me for my online workshop. Have questions or want more information on this topic, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org