Susan Graham

Susan Graham on Podcast!

2019-08-11T22:21:56+00:00August 11th, 2019|

I had the pleasure of recording a podcast on Multiracial Family Man recently with comedian Alex Barnett and it’s available at the following Internet locations: iTunes: Libsyn Podcast Network: Stitcher: The interview is about 30 minutes and I would appreciate your taking the time to listen to it and find out what we have been up to at Project RACE. Also, Alex has some fascinating guests, so tune into the Multiracial Family Man podcasts. You can also leave comments and a review at the iTunes URL. Thank [...]

Making Change

2019-07-01T05:27:02+00:00July 1st, 2019|

  My two children were young in 1990 when I received my decennial census form to fill out. They are biracial, I am White and their father is Black. According to the census directions, I was required to pick only one race for them. Wanting to do the right thing, I called the Census Bureau. They put me on hold repeatedly trying to find an answer. A supervisor got involved. Finally, the United States Census Bureau employee said, “You should put down the race of the mother for your children.” [...]

Born Biracial is out!

2019-04-24T11:21:54+00:00April 24th, 2019|

FOR RELEASE ON April 24, 2019 Contact: Susan Graham   Born Biracial is about the birth of a national civil rights movement   The White mother of two biracial children, Susan Graham realized her census form required her to pick only one race for her children. Wanting further explanation, she called the Census Bureau. She was put on hold for a very long time while they tried to figure out the answer. They got a supervisor involved. Finally, the United States Census Bureau employee said, “You should put [...]

Becoming a Grandparent to a Multiracial Baby

2019-03-15T10:46:06+00:00March 15th, 2019|

  My first multiracial grandchild was born recently and I am in the throes of falling in love again. I’m remembering the thrills of having a new baby all over again as I listen to my son talk about his new daughter. I also remember the questions about racial identity and children. I’ve learned a lot about the subject since my own biracial children were born and I was clueless. Are things different when you have a multiracial child instead of a single race one? Yes and no. A child [...]

Comments by Susan Graham

2018-11-03T20:41:01+00:00November 3rd, 2018|

Comments by Susan Graham for Project RACE (Reclassify All Children Equally) Fall, 2018 National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations Meeting November 2, 2018   The Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book warns that the 2020 census is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least two million kids younger than age 5. This discrepancy would also put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical for family stability and opportunity; essential programs like housing, [...]

Race-based medicine and the multiracial population

2018-10-22T07:37:06+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Failure of race-based medicine? We aren’t accounting for the unique genetics of biracial and multiracial populations Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup | Genetic Literacy Project | October 22, 2018 For several decades in modern medicine history, human race has been used as a constant variable to predict and/or determine our disease risks, biometric profiles, health behaviors and outcomes. It drives many of our medical standards, including clinical guidelines, medical school curricula, and clinical decision support tools and algorithms. This reductionist approach to medicine, however, has proven questionable and risky for biracial and multiracial [...]

Book Review

2018-07-08T11:52:33+00:00July 8th, 2018|

Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance By Alexis Clark Book Review by Susan Graham Enemies in Love, published by The New Press, is hardly a typical romance novel. It’s the story of Elinor Powell, an Army nurse and Frederick Albert, a German prisoner of war in the 1940s. The first part reads like an academic book and the second half you might think is fiction, but it is very real. The first surprise is that German POWs were held in camps in remote [...]

Real American: A Memoir BOOK REVIEW

2017-11-21T09:53:57+00:00November 21st, 2017|

Book Review by Susan Graham Real American: A Memoir I read a review of Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims in The New York Times yesterday. It said Julie Lythcott-Haims’ new memoir is about growing up biracial. It’s not. It’s about growing up black. If you want to get really angry, read this book. In fact, it should be required reading for anyone even thinking about being in an interracial relationship and especially parents of multiracial children. In so many ways, it’s a primer on what not to do. [...]

New People – Book Review

2017-09-02T15:07:15+00:00September 2nd, 2017|

Book Review New People by Danzy Senna New People is about a multiracial woman named Maria. These are some of the terms she uses for multiracial people: Miscellaneous People Mulatto (her favorite word, which means little mule) and Mulatta Multiracial Biracial The “N” Word Odd, twisted girls Racially nebulous Quadroon Negro Born again black people Butterscotch Mestizo Abandoner Mixed “Everything” and my least favorite, “Mutt.” She also says things like, “Being black and looking white was enough of a freak show” and “He was embracing his black identity.” Apparently, biracial [...]

Ten Reasons

2017-06-25T17:57:27+00:00June 25th, 2017|

Ten Reasons Why White Mothers Can Raise Multiracial Children: by Susan Graham We conceived or adopted our children and we knew exactly what we were doing. We are fully capable of raising our children as equals with their other monoracial or multiracial siblings. We do not have to be the same color as our child to give them the history and knowledge of their other ancestry or ancestries. We know how to say, “No thank you; my child does not need you to tell her what she is.” We know [...]

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