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“I Think I’m Gray”

My racial identity development as a biracial child

I was inspired to write this piece as a response to Mica Mckenzie’s The Day I Found Out I Was Black. The concept may seem strange to some, but I can relate completely. I vividly remember the first time I ever considered what my own race is.

Family portrait of a Black father, a White mother, and two biracial children: a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
Photo provided by the author. I’m the little one in the front.

I was 8 years old, walking with a classmate in an otherwise empty stairwell at…



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