Monday, July 6, 2015

Identity in a Transracial world

When I was White
by Sarah Valentine
The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the wake of the controversial Rachel Dolezal situation, Sarah Valentine shares her experience of learning to find her identify as a black woman after 27 years of being socialized and raised as white. The article, which resonated with my own challenges as a bi-racial raised in a predominantly white environment, highlights the complexity of identity, positionality, self image, and the psychological angst of being the 'other' in a highly racialized society.