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Does anyone have multiracial children?
We are in the process of adopting our second child, a girl, who is multiracial. Her background is Caucasian, African American and American Indian. She will be born in May. I currently live in a state where strangers have come up and asked if my son is “mixed”. Another woman said my son looked “exotic”. To me, he looks Italian and Irish, which is quite common in New England. I have been polite, but I feel it’s none of their business. Frankly, I had never questioned my son’s ethnicity before. He’s my son and I love him, plain and simple. I look Caucasian but have Cherokee running through my veins. Most Americans probably are some kind of “mix”. In New England, so many people are of mixed nationalities and races that the subject has never seemed an exotic novelty. I’m not sure what kinds of questions I’ll get from strangers when our daughter arrives. Another time, back home in Connecticut, I was carrying my infant son in a papoose against my chest after shopping. A lady called out, “Is that your grandson?” I just wasn’t in the mood for dealing with that question, so I kept walking to my car and started loading my shopping into the trunk. I felt shocked to turn around and find the woman had followed me to my car. “How old are you?”, she asked. I replied, “I don’t answer personal questions from strangers.” That ended that conversation quickly. Maybe I should resort to that response from now on. I would love to hear from those who have adopted multiraciall children and their experiences. Thanks.
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