You Know You’re in a Multiracial Family When…

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Good evening everyone! Have you ever heard of Loving Day? I didn’t until recently. It’s an   an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision of Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all of laws forbidding marriage between people non-white and white.

People often remark that when you love who you love, it doesn’t matter, and the world shouldn’t either. I believe that is the case, but being in an interracial marriage is very different than marriage with two people of the same race. It becomes even trickier when you add children to the mix.

What’s different you ask? I’ll be happy to tell you.

1.  You introduce your husband to people, and they look around for him when he’s standing right beside you. This hasn’t happened to me, but it actually happened to a friend of mine. Makes for a funny story and a little awkward for the person that was confused.

2. When you are out with your children, strangers ask you if your husband is light skinned or white. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this by a cashier. As my children get older, I’ll have to explain to them why people have this fascination with their complexion and what their daddy looks like.

3. You’re out on date night, and you get asked if it will be one check or two. When I mention this to people, they often say it’s because my husband and I look like college students (we live in a college town). I will take this compliment as long as I can get it, but in most cases on date nights (without kids) we are both wearing our wedding rings, are sitting beside each other or gazing into each others eyes. Not the look of the two check couple.

4. People assume that your in-laws had issues with your marriage. I know this is the case for some people, but not for everyone. Some people just have issues getting along in families because of prior issues or simple personality conflicts. Having in-laws of a different race, doesn’t mean that there will automatically be issues.

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5. People struggle to hide the shock when they see a family photo for the first time. I’ve been told that I didn’t look like the kind of person that would be with a white person. Huh? What does that kind of person look or act like? I’ve also been asked what it’s like to be with a white man. I’m always amazed at the kinds of questions people ask.

6. When you’re pregnant, people tell you that mixed babies are the cutest. Now, I may be a little biased to my own children, but I’ve seen beautiful children of every race.

7.  When you have a baby, you start researching biracial hair care tips. I never really thought about this until my daughter’s hair texture changed. One day her curls got tighter and shampoo formulated for baby hair didn’t cut it anymore.

8.  You get frustrated looking for books/toys that represent your child. I hated having to pick either white or black dolls, but I tried to get an even number of both. I usually pick the dolls that are Hispanic because they have the brown complexion that is closest to my girls.

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9.  People constantly ask your kids what they are mixed with.

10. You smile when you see other multiracial families out and about. Representation matters. It’s nice to see other people dealing with things similar to you. And love between families is a beautiful thing, no matter the race.

11. You shake your head when people ask where your child’s curls come from, even though you have a head full of curly hair and your husband’s is straight. This happens to me…over..and over again. I have naturally curly hair and my husband’s is straight as a board.

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60 thoughts on “You Know You’re in a Multiracial Family When…

  1. Diana Brown says:

    I am so proud. You are growing in your writing. I had issues growing up because my GPrandpA was white so when I was with my brother they did not believe we were siblings. I was light and he was darker shade. I am asked by some blacks (because I am light skinned and Jamaican) if I consider myself black. Duh. My husband is dark and of course our kids have different shades. People thought the darker one was a friends kid. Duh! My first son was born with hazel eyes and one lady thought I cheated on my husband. Duh. They don’t know our mixed back story.

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  2. Kait says:

    I’ve never heard of Loving Day but I love it! No pun intended at all, but I just think that is so sweet. Also, your kids are ADORABLE! I don’t have children, so I love seeing others’ babies…so stinking sweet!

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  3. Chrissie Em says:

    I can relate to this so much! I’m Maori (New Zealander) and have the typical Maori features including the dark skin, dark hair. My partner was a white Australian. One of my sons is red headed, blue eyed and very fair skin, whereas one of his brothers is darker than me! Another is a blonde! I often got asked if I was babysitting We call ourselves the Rainbow family as we come in all colours ☺

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  4. Roxanne says:

    First, you have a gorgeous family that pic of you ladies at the end is beautiful! Also, I often wonder what people plan to do with this intimate knowledge of your differences? Does the questioning cashier go home and put a check mark in a book that he met another inter-racial couple today? LOL I just don’t understand why people care so much to ask such personal questions. (I am not in an multi-race family. I am a twin mom who gets a fair share of ridiculous questions about my sex life and family birth history).

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  5. tp keane says:

    It makes me angry that people aren’t taught from childhood not to see colours of skin or ethnicity. Instead of saying my friend Ben who is black,,, why comment on his skin colour at all. Why not just say, my friend Ben. I’ve had this discussion with my own children and they are learning to be colour blind. I only hope it’s catching.

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  6. tiarasandtantrums says:

    My first husband was a different race than me . . . and there were issues. Issues with his parents, issues with people, issues with friends. We dated all through high school and college and no one had any problem with it – but getting married – WOW. All sorts of things were said. (this was EARLY 90’s)- I think it is easier 20 years later.

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  7. onceuponadollhouse says:

    Great post and wonderful issue to chat about. Your family is beautiful and one day things like this really wont matter, everyone will love everyone. Your daughters will always be the most beautiful b/c of their ability to be more cultured naturally.

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  8. Amanda Love says:

    While I look 100% black, my grandmother is white and my brother looks almost white with green eyes. When I had my own daughter, she was really light and I had people come up to me and ask if her father was white. No he’s black but what people don’t realize is that black people, especially those from the Caribbean are usually mixed with a lot of things. I don’t judge and you’re right, you love who you love.

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  9. westviamidwest says:

    I am so glad we live in a time where that law isn’t in effect any longer…. and seriously, I can’t believe it ever was?! (I believe, but what were they thinking!) This article was very thought provoking…. it just goes to prove once again, people need to think about what they say before they do. Most of the time if people would do that they would realize how insensitive what they are asking/stating is.

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  10. siniciliya says:

    You are so wise and your family is beautiful!
    I was also surprised to read “that you didn’t look like the kind of person that would be with a white person”. Can you imagine what stereotypes people have and how they try to identify others according to their stereotypes.

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  11. littlemisscant says:

    Aww your kids are adorable! Love the curls in their hair! You know, people are going to talk and sometimes what comes out of their mouth ain’t worth acknowledging but, it appears that you have handled your self with grace and dignity with all their questions. Good on you!

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