After the many responses to last week’s post I wanted to recommend a book this morning. Many of you had questions regarding the development of your own racial identity and questions about aiding in the development of your child’s identity. I have so appreciated each of your comments and emails and take to heart many of the painful experiences each of you have had to endure.
With that in mind I would recommend Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” While the title asks a question that is provocative, the book offers up insights and instruction into racial identity and identity development. She also has an excellent chapter on “Identity Development in Multiracial Families”. I first read this book back in 2000, but have re-read parts of it over the years and it has served in many ways as a touchstone for my own identity development, which has then enabled me to positively help my children’s development.
A quick shout out to Jon, a reader who reminded me of the useful expertise of Tatum’s book. For those of you who are interested in adding this book to your personal library click here.