A guest post by Annalisa Boyd

I grew up with a white mama and a black daddy back in the 70’s before it was even remotely acceptable for whites and blacks to marry.  There weren’t many books about me. There were some books about black children with a black mama and a black daddy. My own mama gave me a tremendous gift. She taught me about me…my white side and my black side…AND (this is the important part) she taught me that it wasn’t ALL about me. She taught me that it was ALL about God and showed me all the wonderful treasures He’d made in the beautiful people in our home, in our neighborhood, in our country and around the world!

Of course there is still a desire within every child to see what is familiar as well.  There were many books about white children with a white mama and a white daddy but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I came across a book that was about a family like my family.  It wasn’t exactly like my family because there was a white daddy and a brown mama, but the children looked like me and they were happy.

The parents in this book hadn’t listened to the people who asked, “What about the children?  What will people think?”  The parents in this book were in love with each other and their children and their extended families.  Of course none of this was mentioned in the book, but the rhythm and movement found within its pages spoke this message to me.

Black is Brown is Tan
by Arnold Adoff

black is brown is tan
is girl is boy
is nose is
face
is all
the
colors
of the race

“Brown-skinned momma, the color of chocolate milk and coffee pumpkin pie, whose face gets ginger red when she puffs and yells the children into bed. White-skinned daddy, not white like milk or snow, lighter than brown, With pinks and tiny tans, whose face gets tomato red when he puffs and yells their children into bed.”

When I hear the term “diversity” spoken by many I see more segregation than the embracing of our neighbors.  I may see pride for one’s culture but at the same time I see disdain for another.  When I talk about diversity I can honestly say, I am thankful that God created me in His image and likeness and I can appreciate the differences we have as individuals and within the cornucopia of cultures represented on this planet AND love that image and likeness of God I see in all mankind.

About Annalisa Boyd

Annalisa Boyd is an Orthodox Christian wife, mom to 8 and author of The Ascetic Lives of Mothers, Hear Me and Special Agents of Christ.  She and her husband reside at the base of the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  

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