Why I hope my mixed-race son doesn’t stay ‘white’

The author's son with his father. Alina Adams, who is white, writes that she hopes her son's skin gets darker so people perceive him as black.


There are things about being a black man that my husband understands and I don’t. He teaches our kids never to raise their voices in public, because that might seem threatening, and never to run down the street, because some people think a black man running must mean he’s just committed a crime. But there are things about not looking like what you are that I understand, and he doesn’t.


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