The Torn Heart

An African-American mom reflects on the difficulties of raising her son in a decidedly white culture

Of course, I want him to get along with little girls like Linda. I'd like him to form friendships across cultural and racial lines. But most of all, I'm hopeful that he'll be able to form lifelong bonds with boys and girls with caramel and café au lait and chocolate-colored skin---with hair that cascades into intricately beaded braids or that coils into taut, gravity-defying curls---girls and boys who look like Mommy and Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa and cousin Audrey and Uncle Duane.

Girls and boys who look like Kyle.


This is Sharon Smith-Mauney's first essay in Minnesota Parent.

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