Is Race Fake?

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Back when I wrote My Latino Husband Is White, I mentioned I would one day blog more on the topic of the social construction of race. Today I am true to my word.

In preparation, I spent several days searching madly for my Sociology textbook. I finally discovered it late at night high in Ella’s closet. I then proceeded to over-excitedly pull it down, causing other items to fly, bounce off her bookcase and crash to the floor. Oh... all while she’s sleeping.

This raucous caused Billy to whisper angrily, “What are you doing?”

“I found my Sociology book!”

“And you need that now?” he asked me… at 11:45pm. Um… yes…

Anyway, I remembered an illustration the book used that I wanted to steal share, but I didn’t want to botch it. 

You'll find that example and more in the post today.

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  1. I loved this post! Having married a white man from South Africa, the assumptions have covered the spectrum, though my favorite was my grandfather's admission that he expected to be presented with a man wearing a loin cloth and carrying a spear! My husband is technically an African American, having been born and raised in South Africa and received his US citizenship in 2011, but his ancestry is European. He has lived his entire adult life in the States, and identifies heavily with his British ancestry, but growing up under apartheid created a forced boundary between him and the majority black population in SA, so he doesn't quite fit into American, British, or current South African culture.

    As usual, thank you for the thought-provoking posts!!

    1. Wow. Thank you for sharing your family's story, Angela! I always love hearing more people's experiences, and the complexities you've mentioned here leave me wanted to talk even more about it. Thank you so much!


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