It's Not All Black and White by St. Stephen's Community House
Multiracial Youth Speak Out

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Black, white, and everything in between . . .

Through poems, interviews, and short essays, a group of young people describe being biracial, multiracial, or of mixed race. These poignant firsthand accounts reflect the unique and varied voices of the writers, whose backgrounds range from Caribbean, Vietnamese, and Latin American to Native American, Spanish, and Irish, among others.

With devastating honesty, these youth tell what it's been like to make their way in the world with their roots in many places and in many cultures. Themes include navigating mixed-race relationships, dealing with prejudice and the assumptions people make based on appearances, and working through identity confusion to arrive at a strong and positive sense of self. This resource will be of special value to youth who live in less diverse communities, where they have few or no mixed-race peers to share their experiences with.

Includes a section with suggestions for parents and caregivers who are raising children of mixed race.

Readers who share these experiences will find support, inspiration, and validation. Those less familiar with the issues will gain important insight and understanding.


About St. Stephen's Community House

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St. Stephen's Community House has been addressing poverty, homelessness, unemployment, AIDS, racism, youth alienation, and the integration of refugees and immigrants in downtown Toronto since 1962.
Published June 21, 2012 by Annick Press. 120 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Education & Reference.

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The assumption that racial heritage should be visible to all provokes pain and exasperation, as in Janine Berridge’s sassy poem about a hair stylist’s discomfort when confronted with hair she can’t “place.” Elizabeth Jennifer Hollo, Hungarian/Guyanese, eloquently describes how her father’s death ...

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One young woman writes, “if anything we’re more than, and better than, because we are of multi-race, so in a sense we have a broader sense of mind.” The preface of the book and a short advice section at the end are written by Karen Arthurton, a multiracial mother who must be quite proud of the ...

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