Intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptanceBrown, White, Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted son, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family's daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America's most fraught issues. Mehra writes candidly about her efforts to protect and shelter her young son from racial slurs on the playground and from intrusive questions by strangers while educating him on the realities and dangers of being a black male in America. In other essays, she discusses her childhood living in the racially polarized city of Memphis; coming out as queer; being an adoptive mother who is brown; and what it's like to be constantly confronted by people's confusion, concern, and expectations about her child and her family. Above all, M...
|Title||:||Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion|
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Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion Reviews
Nishta J. Mehra’s BROWN WHITE BLACK means so much to me. This essay collection is an intimate, honest portrayal of Mehta’s life experiences as a first generation Indian-American queer woman, married to a white woman, raising a Black gender nonconforming child. It is both so specific to her experience and universal to questions we all face - how do I exist in this world? How do others see me & how do I see myself? How do I be the best parent I can be, protecting my child while affirming their ...more
Nishta Mehra has written a clear-eyed, honest and thoughtful collection of essays about the complicated structures that guide our common understanding of "what makes a family." Her intellectual evolution is made clear in these essays that examine adoption, queerness, anti-Black racism, the myth of the model minority, tokenism, assimilation, privilege, heteronormativity, colorism, gender expectations, whiteness, and more. Similar to my experience reading Roxane Gay, I like following along through ...more
This fantastic memoir is such a welcome change from the glut of motherhood narratives that’s been overwhelming bookshelves lately, namely white women having existential crises about whether or not they want to have children. It’s not that there’s no place for those, but (thankfully, for me, because I’m over them) this is not that book. This is the story of someone who never questioned their desire to be a parent, though her wife did, and how she and her family navigate the world. The author is o ...more
It’s so beautifully written. Clear and direct and manages to talk about big important things through the lens of one family. A thoroughly engaging read.
Beautifully written, and it felt like a gift for Mehra to be willing to open up a window into her life. Grateful for a look into her story and for the way it expands my understanding of our world.
Excellent essay collection touching up omg a lot of different issues that folks confront and or should be more aware of. I had a similar upbringing as the author in the same city and school and community and it articulated much of my own experience and I was left with much to think about as well.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but I think it could be especially thought-provoking and valuable for white, straight, cis parents and white, straight, cis people who would like to be a parent at some point in their life. I am not a parent myself and most of the time I have zero desire to be a parent, but I am a member of society and I would like to see our society evolve and most of my hope for that rests in the next generation and the parents of the next generation. As a white person, t ...more