I’ve got to tell you, I get so many wonderful letters from fans of the blog, and many of them are so poignant and inspiring. This is one of them, written by Jerrod:
Ms. Karazin,I must say I was very impressed with your blog this morning. A friend of mine sent me a video you posted recently about critics to your point of view. Well, I am an Irish born immigrant adopted by racist Americans who criticized me most of my life for not liking white women and eventually forced me away from them in adulthood. I found I was hardwired differently and preferred women of color over my same reflection. I have included a picture of my intended and I along with one of her and her daughter. This woman has captured my heart in total and I love her daughter as if she were my own.I am the epitome of “white” by the definition of society, but believe firmly we are all of one race. Something you said today made me think. I think women of color tend to be more sassy, but that’s exciting to me, keeps me on my toes. My better half is an engineer from Barbados. I am a college professor from Ireland….and in this wide wide world….we met and the chemistry is AMAZING. (thanks match.com).I am asked often how can i possibly be a father to a black child when I am not a black man. I take great offense at this. I offer up the response, “that child will benefit from both of our backgrounds, both of our points of view, and she will see a man, vastly different in all ways from her mom, that loves her mom and devotes his life to her happiness, and she will see what a man does for a woman. That girl, though not my biology, will be just as much my child and I devote myself to her future. Biology, does not a father make.”I salute you and your voice and urge you to continue to be a voice in this new era of awareness. I too have been making my movements to support the cause by writing my story, “A Study of Color” whereby I tell how I grew up and broke the bond of racism to be where I am today.