It's Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out

It's Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out - 

St. Stephen's Community House “With your look, exotic, you must come from afar.”From lands that serve the white man’s desires, that cater to your every need.I wish I'd had this book way back when I started adolescence. As the description says, this book includes interviews, poems and short essays. The interviews were my favourite part of the book because a few of them were done with older generations (my parents' generation and older) and it was just fascinating to have first-hand accounts on how it all was.The poems and essays, those hit closer to home. They were all about things I have experienced and things I deal with every day as a mixed race person. They were poignant and they raised important issues. All parents of mixed race children should read Mia-Skye Sagara's essay "My Advice To Parents" and Karen Arthurton "Advice for Parents and Caregivers" on the importance of an open dialogue about race with your children. I wish mine had read it.Constantly thinking about your racial identity is something only the privileged can afford not to do. Racism is a ubiquitous topic (as it should be), but biracial and multiracial voices are not commonly heard. There are defining issues, like being forced to choose, to define yourself a certain way, and deny the rest, when that definition is just a small part of the whole person you are. There are particular struggles that only mixed race people face and should be known to everyone.I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in racism, race relations and multiculturalism, but I especially recommend it to all the young biracial and mixed race people, so they may know they are not alone.