1. Amanda says:

    December 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Great post! I love how you said you will encourage your daughter to identify herself based on how she sees herself rather than how the world sees her!!!! Perfect!!!

  2. Liz says:

    December 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Very well written! I believe the very best thing that has happened and/or can happen to this country is the biological mixing of races and ethnicities. The more "diluted" everyone gets, the opportunity for categorizing people is reduced. I love it. I know that many people, both black, white and otherwise, are very proud of their heritage and might disagree with me, but I hope I live to see the day that the majority of people have such a blend of physical characteristics that no one can tell or cares what their "race" is.

    • Martha says:

      December 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Liz. I agree that the mixing of the races has helped mute a lot of the history of racism and anger toward the days of slavery. I don't necessarily think that it's the best approach to "fixing" racism. But it certainly helps.

      I'd like to see a world where people just understood that skin color does not define a person. I think it's pretty awesome to have cultural pride. I look forward to watching Annika learn about her Nigerian culture and be proud of it. But I also hope that she is proud of my roots too, even though they are not so well defined.

      • Liz says:

        December 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

        I think my lack of personal cultural pride is prob behind my attitude. I definitely wouldn't want to see anyone lose their culture or feel that their culture was being "white washed." I guess there's no one answer.

        • Martha says:

          December 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

          Oh right Liz. I wasn't trying to give you a hard time. I understand the sentiment. I know that I see things much differently based purely on my life circumstances.

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