1. Children of Color Under the "White Privilege"* Umbrella

In this survey, I am asking adult people of color, like myself, who were raised by at least one white parent to reflect on their childhoods. My purpose is to understand the experience of growing up black or biracial in the care and company of a white parent, to learn whether--and how--any of us benefited from the day to day privileges our white parents might have experienced. (See "white privilege" definition below.*)

If you are between the ages of 18 and 70, and

 a)      identify as biracial or mixed, are the product of a white parent and a black parent (it doesn’t matter how long or if your parents were married, as long as your white parent was involved your life),
 
or

b)     adopted, either black, or biracial (black/white), and raised by white parents, interracially married parents, one of whom is white, or by a single, white parent,
 
then I'd like to hear from you.

First of all, what is "white privilege?"

Peggy McIntosh, who coined the term in her famous paper, *White Privilege, Unpacking the Invisible Backpack, describes having been “taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage,” but not having been taught to see that she, as a white person, gained advantages from the existence of racism. McIntosh explains white privilege as an “invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious.” You can read the whole article by clicking here.

What I am wondering is: With a white parent as our guide to the world, how many--if any--of us got some of these privileges despite not being white?  Please note that I am not looking for findings to back up any hypothesis or political agenda.  If you don’t find that my questions address your experience, feel free to explain and elaborate. There is no cookie cutter experience of being biracial.
 
Without further ado, here are my questions.

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. What is your gender

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* 3. If Mixed/Biracial, which of your parents is white?

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* 4. If Mixed/Biracial, which of your parents is black?

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* 5. If Adopted, are your adoptive parents:

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* 6. If Adopted, are your birth parents:

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* 7. When you were growing up, which race parent did you spend the most time with?

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* 8. Which race did most people perceive you to be when you were growing up?

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* 9. Do you have a sibling (or siblings) whose African ancestry--in terms of complexion, facial features, or hair texture--was more or less visible than your own while you were growing up? (Check "other" for siblings with whom you share only one parent.)

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* 10. At what age did you become aware of looking different from one or both of your parents?

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* 11. If applicable, can you comment on how this awareness came about?

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* 12. How would you describe your family's socioeconomic status when you were growing up? (These are subjective terms. Feel free to use the comment box to elaborate.)

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* 13. Where did you grow up?

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* 14. Which of the following best describes the place where you grew up?

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* 15. Which of the following best describes the school you attended as a kid?

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* 16. Did you notice a difference in people's reactions when your white versus your black parent picked you up at school?

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* 17. When you were out and about with your black parent (if applicable) was there a different reaction from strangers than when you were with your white parent?

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* 18. Was race talked about in your family? Please explain.

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* 19. Using the definition provided in the introduction to this survey, do you believe your white parent benefited from "white privilege" in any way?

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* 20. Do you think you benefited from your white parent's "white privilege" in spite of not being white yourself?

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* 21. Were you aware of losing privileges--e.g. not being able to go certain places, not being treated in the same manner--when you were alone or with your black parent as opposed to your white parent?

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* 22. Is there anything I missed which you would like to comment on? Please use the space below. Thank you for your participation!

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