I want to take a moment to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the interracial family that lives just down the street from my sister. It can be difficult at times to break stereotype in the eyes of society, and remove the negative prejudices that many people keep about families like ours…biracial children like ours. You go above and beyond everything that could ever be expected of you, when it comes to setting an example for the rest of us.
The way your seventeen year old, high school drop out, rude, loud, and disrespectful daughter sits at the end of your driveway, cussing loudly at anyone she perceives needs an a** (her words, not mine) beating – it’s so classy, and the situation is only enriched by the thought of her kicking all these butts while she is pregnant! An amazing mother-to-be, no doubt, and maybe, if she strives really hard, she’ll be as great a mother as her own. Yes, that would be a fantastic goal to aspire to. Mmmm-hmmm, her inner beauty really shines super bright every time she opens that mouth of hers!
Then, those son’s of yours. Wow. What can I say about how they put people’s minds at ease and make them feel so secure driving down their own street, the way they refuse to interrupt their game of street ball in order for any motorists to pass. All the neighbors totally admire the manners and respect you have instilled in your children. And believe me when I tell you – it warms my heart the way they mean mug anyone that has the nerve to try to get past that crazy-important game of H-O-R-S-E, toward their own driveways. Oh yes! Fine, young men indeed…I’m sure you are proud!
Lastly, and by far, the member of your family that I appreciate the most…dear, sweet, Mama! From white woman to white woman, I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be represented by a woman of such intelligence and self-awareness. Especially the way you run out of your house, in an instant, to
reprimand your children for their ridiculous behavior so colorfully, verbally attack any grown up who feels the need to defend themselves against the near criminal actions of your kids. You are very articulate and so obviously know how to throw around a verb, adjective, and noun – as so eloquently proven when you told my sister you were going to kick her bleeping bleep and called her an ugly bleeping bleep. Nice! Let me ask you a question or two…Have you looked into a mirror lately? How about a classroom – ever seen the inside of one?
The greatest thing of all? It’s the way people who have been exposed to your interracial family are going to initially feel about mine. You see, I live my life trying my best to be a positive example of what interracial love looks like. We raise our children to be shining representations of the types of kids that come out of unions such as ours; polite, respectful of themselves and others, educated about the parts of their whole, enlightened, compassionate…well, the list of all the things we want for our kids, and for our kids to be, goes on and on! Your list is obviously much shorter.
Now, back to the gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you…for making my two choices clear: Choice #1 – work even harder at being a positive representative of multiracial families, in order to offset the damage you do OR Choice #2 – Pray to God that the majority of folks that will be exposed to both of our families, will meet us first!