Nicole Sprinkle is a White woman married to a Colombian. They have a daughter, Nina and she writes about raising a biracial child in an article “A Child of Two Worlds”. Would you adopt her style?
In her article, Nicole writes about her experiences and concerns of raising a biracial child like: “Would her choices of where to live or travel be compromised by her looks? Or would her mixed genes work in her favor? Not being quite Hispanic-looking enough to make her a victim of racism, but enough for, say, college scholarships?”
Clearly, Nicole wants the best for her daughter. For example, she wanted her daughter to learn both Spanish and English. But she also felt “… to emphasize her Latina side … was somehow a disservice.” Maybe this is why she went livid when the owner of a daycare sent home her daughter’s enrollment form that had the race potion checked Hispanic. But much as she emailed back stating Nina was half Hispanic and half Caucasian, she says her angry reaction was also because she “…wanted that half Caucasian. She might need it later, you know.”
“Frankly, I didn’t want her to lose any of the privileges of being white … I just wanted the eyelashes, and cheekbones, and that lyrical Spanish when appropriate. I wanted the good stuff, and from both sides.”
So she wants her daughter to inherit the best of both worlds. But it seems all she wants her daughter to inherit from her Colombian husband is the Español and those exotic looks. And what’s worse is her insinuation that its ok for her child to be identified as Hispanic so she don’t miss out on the college scholarships.
Clearly there is racial hierarchy being emphasized in her arguments – White is superior. She wants her daughter raised mostly White … with just a touch of Latina. But isn’t ‘carving out’ the child’s non-white identity imperialist? So what is meant to happen if all Whites with mixed-race children decide to ‘carve out’ the other half of their children’s cultural heritage(s) just to enjoy the privileges that come with it?
Its no wonder some blogger had this to say about the America we call a “melting pot”: “We just don’t seem to realize the truth of that metaphor: that a “melting pot” isn’t about diversity or inclusion but about homogeneity, about heterogeneous groups melting into the dominant culture rather than enriching it.” Looking back at a previous article “Immigrants dating more within their ethnicities?”, could this be the reason US-born children of immigrants desire to marry people of the same ethnicity?
Much as its all for the children, is this how we want to raise our biracial children; teaching them to carve out or embrace one part of their cultural heritage or the other only when there are some benefits to reaped?