_______________________ Laurel, Md.: Isn't it funny that almost all of biracial children are beautiful?It's almost like God is trying to tell us something. _______________________ Washington, DC: Can you speak a little about how to ignore the criticism you get for dating outside your race?If you're upset about someone else's relationship, it really just means you have something to work on inside!_______________________ Woodbridge: How is it that black women feel wrong for considering white men, but black men don't feel the same way if they have a white woman? Karyn Folan: Hi Woodbridge, I certainly can't speak for black men, but several of the women I interviewed spoke to a double standard in their families.I think a lot of those resentments stem from insecurities about our value-- and as I well know, we ALL have to work on that. Acknowledge your feelings, and then try to understand where they come from.Not to sound too "granola" here but the work is always within.
As you might expect, the experiences of these children are as different as the individual kids themselves.In the time allotted, however, I'll do my best to give you at least a summary of what I uncovered in my research and how I hope this information can generate some much needed fresh discussion on race and relationships._______________________ Arlington, VA: What effect, if any, does an inter-racial marriage have upon the children that result?_______________________ Fairfax, VA: Do you think that boys have a harder time dealing with being biracial or is it just as hard for girls? I think it really just depends on the child and the prevailing attitudes of the environment they live in.
Some kids have a hard time, some sail through-- just like any other adolescents.I also think, however, that the black community RELIES on black women.