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Writers Against Racism: Summer Scarf Contest#3 and More

 So far so good, having finished round 2 of chemotherapy yesterday and a shot of neulasta today. Neulasta is a potent drug administered 24-hours after chemo to generate white bloods cells through the bone marrow. 

                                 Drum roll for My Summer Head Scarf – ‘Lemonade Stand’ Contest#3 – Scale of 1 – 5 – Five is top

Lemonade Stand - Summer Scarf Contest#3

What I’ve been reading today: 

 Jaime Adoff

  • This is a fantastic breakdown of recent YA book covers!​7/uncovering-ya-covers-how-dar​k-are-they.html   

    Kate Hart: Uncovering YA Covers: How Dark Are They?

  • I also encourage you to read the following article by Rose Arce who is a dynamite CNN producer whom I had the pleasure of working with at CBS2News, back in the 90s.  Rose is also the mother of an adorable little girl named Luna. 

    “I’ve been mistaken for baby sitters all my life, or waitresses, sales clerks, even the occasional cleaning lady — but it’s a whole new experience to have it happen in front of my child.

    It’s not that there are no Latinos in Manhattan who wouldn’t upset the stereotypes. There are just too few of us in the upper middle class universe where I live who aren’t, well, baby-sitting or selling things. I get where this idea originated. I even understand why little kids are so frank.” (I’m her mom, not her nanny by CNN Senior Producer, Rose Arce) 

    This article got me thinking a lot about my own  two children who are biracial.  I’ve never been asked am I the nanny but I do get stares from folks of all nationalities as to whether or not they are part African American.  To me, over time we’ll all start to blend together. There’s so much interacial mixing nowadays, it’s so hard to tell ethnicities.  That’s a good thing. imho

    The Bowllan Kids

    The Most Unforgettable Space Shuttle Pictures via National Geographic


    1. bherrera says:

      I give this one a five, but I have always been partial to purple. I once painted my bedroom lilac – boy is that a hard color to paint over without it always showing through. You wouldn’t think so, but it is. Trust me.
      You talk bi-racial and people not sure what race they belong to. My son says he belongs to the human race. He told me today that he has been asked if he is Native American, Greek, Jewish, Russian, Italian, but NEVER hispanic. His last name alone should be a hint, but I get the feeling many people don’t think before they speak. He also mentioned that many “white” people who complain about mixing races seldom stop to think that they are a mixture themselves – of ethnicities, nationalities and races. My son was even told that he should not have been allowed to apply for his scholarship because he was “not really hispanic; only his dad was.” His reply, “I’m whatever I want to call myself. And I’m more hispanic than anything else because my mother is a mixture of seven different countries that we know of, while my dad is only a mixture of three.” So, my motto today is I Am Whatever I Want to Call Myself. And I think I’ll call myself human.

    2. Rosamaria says:

      I think this scarf gets a 5 – the colors, especially the purple, look fabulous on you and love how you have it to the side over your shoulder!
      I can totally relate to Rose Arce – we lived in Michigan when the girls were little and I will never forget that I was at the jungle gym with Sofia one day speaking to her in Spanish as I always do when a woman at the park (just one block from my house) asked me if “HER mother was ok with that”. I asked her what she meant and she said “is her mother ok with you speaking in Spanish to her?” My blood still boils just repeating that story 14 years later. Can you imagine? I calmly replied “yes, I’M fine with it”…now I have a bilingual teenager and that woman probably has a narrow-minded teenager just like the mother.

    3. Nothing annoys me more than when people say my children do not look me. Usually what they are trying to insinuate is they look black and I look white. What makes it even more annoying is that I’m not white I’m black. Not there is anything wrong with being white it’s just not who I am. These comments usually come from whites who have no clue that black people come in all hues and hair textures.
      My advice to those who make this mistake. Take a second look. Those almond shaped eyes, high cheek bones, curly hair and body type on my son that’s mine. The soft hair, light skin, small eyes, high bridge nose on my daughter that’s mine too. All the rest is their dad and other ancestors. They are a combination of both of us and just because you are hung up on some superficial racial phenotype you have just insulted me in more ways than one.

    4. AMy, about the scarf definetly is 5 I love purple and thinking to get a purple dress before moving to south africa.
      About the post…. if I haven’t been taken as the nanny of my girls (biracial), i’ve always been told how “brave i was to adopt three sisters”! Nothing more, it seemes in certain parts of the world like in Europe, living a multicultural family links just to the idea of adoption. It seems strange, still today in this “open” world society, that black children can’t have a white mother or father. Even though I admire whoever choses adoption as a possible way of growing children, i reply to all those astonished people when they glance at my children that i carried them in my womb for nine months as every mother does .
      We shouldn’t always think about where someone comes from… now it’s really impossible to define a precise origin for each human being…. the origin itself is multiple.
      Poeple should live with more imagination and open their mind to the multiple which is within us, with us… everywhere.
      LOL thank’s amy

    5. It’s amazing how folks totally miss the essence of our children and ONLY look at coloring. I’ve never been able to understand why people can’t see past the cover of someone. Reminds me of a book jacket and how if we never open the book, we never know what’s inside. Oh well…their loss and definite, ignorance. We have to teach our kids and then maybe this trend of misidentifying will cease. imho It is annoying though, right?

      Also, thanks for the scarf critiques. IT REALLY HELPS ME…in many, many, ways!!! :)
      Beverly, it’s your idea and I am grateful xo