This week the New York Times ran a much-circulated piece on how Americans of mixed race confront issues of race today. And much has been made of presidential candidate Barack Obama’s mixed-race background. In the Atlantic Monthly, Andrew Sullivan argued that the very image of a President Obama is "the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology." The Dallas Morning News reports that he is a symbol of acceptance for some interracial couples and the Baltimore Sun describes young multiracial students who see Obama as reflections of themselves.
Those interested in exploring these issues further should consider revisiting Jane Lazarre’s classic text Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons. A moving account of life in a biracial family, this book is a powerful
meditation on motherhood and racism in America, the story of an
education into the realities of African American culture.