Ep. 31: Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland are authors who have collaborated on a new book, an anthology called Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the issues facing multiracial people and people within multiracial families. The anthology, published by Coquí Press, is a non-fiction book that cites the experiences of both mixed-race authors and those in interracial partnerships of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world. It blends positivity, negativity, humor, pathos and realism in an enlightening exploration of what it means to be more than one ethnicity.
Sarah was born in the Netherlands, raised partially in Lagos, Nigeria and eventually in New York City. Sarah’s mother was African American and Japanese. Her father was White of German, Dutch and Irish extraction. Raised to be proud of her mixed race; at the same time her parents prepared her for the racism she would experience, the result of being Black in a country that repeatedly proves it isn’t ready to accept all races.
Bryony was born and raised in the United Kingdom, Bryony is Caucasian. She is married to a man of Caribbean descent and they have three biracial sons. During the quarter of a century she has been with her partner, she can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times they have encountered racism as a result of their union. She feels incredibly positive about raising three mixed kids, each of whom is happy and comfortable in his skin.
Listen as Sarah and Bryony talk to Alex about how they came together, how they decided to collaborate on the book, and what they learned along the way. As an added bonus, get to hear the “words of wisdom” of the rooster that lives on Sarah’s farm in Puerto Rico, as he chimes in throughout the interview!
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