This will be my last poem from Arnold Adoff's book "All the Colors of the Race" that I featured a couple of days ago. There are many more great poems in the book--buy it or check it out from your local library!
We are talking aboutby Arnold Adoff
We are talking about
the ones who pick their friends
because of how black they act
because of how white they can
Sometimes blackness seems too black for me,
and whiteness is too sickly pale;
and I wish every
one were golden from
Golden from the
Here's another great poem from Arnold Adoff that was in the book All the Colors of the Race that I featured yesterday.
On my applicationsby Arnold Adoff
On my applications I can
runner in the middle distance races,
is willing to help you
if you take her as she
I have been privileged to do some diversity training with families who have adopted transracially. One activity that I have seen agencies use is called "Your World, My World". I have seen the activity used with beads that in the shades of people.
Give each family a clear plastic cup. Assign a race to each color of bead (i.e. caucasian/white, african/african american/black, asian/yellow, middle eastern/native american/biracial/brown, etc.).
Ask parents to place a bead of the respective color in the cup for:
Each family member living in your home
Each sibling that you have and their partner (if applicable)
Each immediate neighbor surrounding your home
Your spiritual leader
Your three closest friends (they visit your home, you visit their home)
The school principal
Look at your cup and get a clear understanding of the world your child will enter. Understand that you have the opportunity and responsibility to surround your child with a diverse array of positive role models.