Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, has to deal with racist comments.
“Daddy. Does racist mean that Nina Davuluri can run faster than others.”
“Racist is a person who see others by the color of their skin and where their ancestors came from.”
“What color is Nina Davuluri? And Crystal Lee? And the other girls? I didn’t notice the difference.”
“That’s because you are not racist, Mia.”
“Daddy, tell me a story.”
“Well, there was this movie called Cinderella Liberty. In the movie a white guy (I am not racist. I tell you this part so you can follow the story.) And the white guy loved a black woman.
“Well, the black woman had a little boy. And she got pregnant.
“It came time for the mommy to have the baby. So the white guy and the little black boy headed for the hospital to see his mommy and his new brother.
“The little boy asked the white guy, ‘Did mommy have the baby?’
“The white guy nodded his head.
“The little boy paused and asked the white guy, ‘Um, what color is the baby?’
“The white guy looked directly at the little boy, ‘He’s the same color as US.'”
And off they went.
Non-racist = color blind.
News reports are racist. “The first black to … the first native to …. the first Chinese to ….”
“Daddy. I want to be color blind, too.”
“Yea, Mia. Me, too.”
Are you color blind?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.