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
“Some people think our family is adorable, the very embodiment of twenty-first century America, a testament to the power of love and an ever-expanding definition of family; some people think our family is an abomination, everything wrong with America today, evidence of civilization in decline.” I LOVED this book. Nishta J. Mehra, who was born and raised in Memphis, is the daughter of Indian immigrants, in a long-term relationship and now married to her white wife, and both have adopted a Black c ...more
This memoir is wonderful. Mehra navigates a dizzying array of identity-centered conflicts with intelligence and humor, and her story is one that everyone should hear. Highly recommend on audiobook.
A collection of essays by Nishta Mehra, an Indian American queer whose wife is white. Together, they adopted a black son who is currently exploring her gender identity. I really enjoyed this - I related to a lot of her first generation immigrant upbringing in a mostly white area and to her views on parenthood. She writes clearly about her family's struggles to make a space for themselves in a world that doesn't tolerate who they are as a family unit. The essays aren't chronological but they flow ...more
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.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but I think it could be especially thought-provoking and valuable for white, straight, cis parents and white, straight, cis people who would like to be a parent at some point in their life. I am not a parent myself and most of the time I have zero desire to be a parent, but I am a member of society and I would like to see our society evolve and most of my hope for that rests in the next generation and the parents of the next generation. As a white person, t ...more
Excellent essay collection touching up omg a lot of different issues that folks confront and or should be more aware of. I had a similar upbringing as the author in the same city and school and community and it articulated much of my own experience and I was left with much to think about as well.