“Before I was ten years old, I’d spend hours locked in my room at my homemade wooden desk, an uncomfortable utilitarian thing thrust upon me by my grandfather. I’d write myself into books I’d recently read and loved; always a pioneer, I was unknowingly undertaking an early version of what we’d now call fan fiction. When I wasn’t writing, I was reading. When I wasn’t reading, I was making up raps with my friends during sleepovers.
Today, my inspiration comes from the desire to validate others’ experiences, to give voice to those marginalized communities who are often silenced by popular opinion. That community is transracial adoptees – non-white people adopted into white families. I’m using my history, as well as over forty years of peer-reviewed journal articles and primary sources, to provide an autoethnographical look at a practice that is surrounded by misconceptions and misunderstanding.
My hope is to use this as a framework for a larger discussion on race in the United States. By examining intimate racial interactions in the family, I can provide a nuanced look at the very real complexities of racial identity formation and the challenges both whites and persons of color have in our quest to coexist.”