Intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptanceBrown, White, Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted son, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family's daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America's most fraught issues. Mehra writes candidly about her efforts to protect and shelter her young son from racial slurs on the playground and from intrusive questions by strangers while educating him on the realities and dangers of being a black male in America. In other essays, she discusses her childhood living in the racially polarized city of Memphis; coming out as queer; being an adoptive mother who is brown; and what it's like to be constantly confronted by people's confusion, concern, and expectations about her child and her family. Above all, M...
|Title||:||Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
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Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion Reviews
I thought I understood love, motherhood, gender. I thought I got them, felt them, lived them in broad woke 2019 terms. Then I followed Mehra’s wise, articulate navigation of these experiences outside of the norm, the stereotyping, the silences, of our cultural language. Language, she says (quoting Bertrand Russell) makes new thought possible. My unexpected tears were tears of recognition, and welcome. Be prepared to love this family.
I read this one in one day because it was brief, not because I was riveted. While the author’s family is not what most picture when they think of a family, her contributions to the discussion about identity politics is nothing we haven’t heard before.
Never have I dogeared so many pages in a book. A powerfully self aware, emotive, intelligent read by Mehra. As an Asian American immigrant having dealt with racism and now raising biracial children, I connected deeply with Mehra's prose.
Would have loved for it to be much longer! Will read again.
This is a beautifully written but also highly accessible glimpse into the life of a modern American family that doesn't quite fit the definition of what many think an "American family" should look like and act like. It is important reading for anyone who wants an understanding of the daily questions, topics, and issues that family's like Mehra's must address as they navigate life, friendships, and parenting.