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  1. Liz says:

    December 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

    In a way, you will probably be able to relate to being a minority. You are probably a minority in your play/parenting groups as the mom of a biracial child. I'm assuming that you're minority when spending time with Toyin's family. You know what I mean? Do you think you've ever been scrutinized or marginalized in either of these settings? Hope I'm not prying – just curious.

  2. Martha says:

    December 11, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Hey Liz, yes, I am a minority, in both settings. Although, in our playgroups, there are some other moms of biracial children. If anything, the group of moms and kids I hang with, appreciates the diversity, or don't think much of it. We are pretty cushioned in our little Austin AP world with friends who are generally, well-educated and open-minded. Also, you might be surprised at how many biracial families we do have. 🙂 As for Toyin's family, no. I have never felt marginalized because of my skin color. In fact, I remember once thinking after we'd been with them for a few days, just how unnoticeable it felt.

    There have been moments in my life where I felt like we stuck out, but mostly it's been pretty random, like my story. I have more to write on this topic, though. It occurred to me a while back that there were lots of experiences I could and should share that have to do with race, especially some of my times in Detroit. But I decided to start with some of the earlier ones.

    And hey, you are never prying! 🙂 Love the questions!

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