Friday, August 24, 2007

"Mom, was I supposed to be white?"

Cross-cultural parenting
When Judy Stigger's daughter Kathy was 8, Stigger took out all the congratulatory cards she'd received when she adopted her. She wanted Kathy to get a sense of the outpouring of love there'd been.

Instead, she was staggered to see pain wash across Kathy's face as she asked, "Mom, was I supposed to be white?"

Until then, Stigger hadn't noticed that all the baby faces on the cards were white. Stigger's face was white, too. But Kathy's was black.


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