Race and color are different…but they’re still a thing
When we posed this question a few weeks ago, many of the response we got on Facebook were people upset over the idea that we brought up race. Some accused of race baiting. Some said there is no difference in raising children despite race. And others thought it was insensitive to label the child Black because she is biracial. The thing is, Kim’s baby is actually multi-racial, which inherently negates their argument and criticism.
Did they mean biracial like how President Barack Obama is biracial and we still call him our first Black president? Or do they mean like Jordin Sparks is biracial, but is still thought to be a Black artist? Or did they mean biracial as in how Kim herself is biracial (Armenian and White) but is still considered by the vast majority of people to be White? Amazingly, this gets glossed over by the public on a pretty regular basis.
As Black people, we come in a range of shades from very light to very dark, but we’re all still Black. In Kim’s case the world may see her child differently than it sees her depending on what shade her daughter happens to be. Superficially, most people will see a White mother and Black daughter–if the baby winds up being anything darker than Cafe au Lait.
The baby’s shade only speaks to the outward appearance. But this is still a question that needs to be asked because growing up Black in America is different. Growing up Asian in America is different. Growing up Latino in America is different. There are some commonalities across races and ethnicities, but growing up is different across cultures and communities.