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Anti Asian Racism | Natick Massachusetts

I have been thinking about racism towards Asian people a lot this week.  I have debated whether or not to post this.  Being a white woman, do I even have a right to be posting about this? @themommingworker, a mom in a similar situation to me, encouraged me to put my thoughts out there.  You see, I may be a white woman, but the 4 most important people in my life are Asian.  My family is Asian.  I remember the first summer my husband and I started dating, he took me to a fancy restaurant in our town.  An older couple walked in and saw us sitting there holding hands waiting; they gave us a dirty look, looked at each other, and walked out of the restaurant.  This was the first time I had even thought about us being an interracial couple and that people may not “approve” of us.  There have been times in stores when people will give us attitude for no reason and my husband has assumed it’s because he is Asian.  If I’m being honest, in the past I have brushed this off and told him that they were probably having a bad day and it had nothing to do with him.  When I think about it more though, my husband’s knee jerk reaction of assuming it’s about how he looks is because he has grown up experiencing people disliking him for his race. Growing up Jewish in a not very diverse town, I am no stranger to being judged and even disliked for my heritage.  It breaks my heart to think that my girls will experience this one day.  We talk with them a lot about being kind and fair to everyone no matter what they look like.  I wish we were raising our kids in a world that embraced and celebrated differences rather than fearing and hating them.  We will continue to teach our kids to be accepting of others and will do our best to help them through processing if they experience racism.  If any of you have found any resources for parents about Anti Asian Racism, I would love for you you to share them with me.

big sister gives little sister piggy back ride in front of white flower during family photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Wellesley Town Hall
Sisters hug under branch of white flowers during family photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Wellesley Town Hall
Sisters hold hands and dance in circle under blooming flower tree during family photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Wellesley Town Hall

Sisters hug under white blooming tree during family photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Wellesley Massachusetts Town Hall

April 12, 2021

  1. Erin says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings! I wish we lived in a world that was more accepting of everyone, no matter their race or heritage and I am sorry you and your family has had to deal this constantly. My husband and I are definitely teaching our children to love everyone!

  2. Thank you for this reflective post with such lovely images. Hopefully, by engaging in conversations like these, we can become part of the solution.

  3. Ashley McKee says:

    Beautiful post, beautiful heart, beautiful images! What a different and loving world we could have if all shared these views <3

  4. Mandy says:

    What a beautiful message. Thank you for sharing your insight.

  5. Sarah says:

    Your girls are precious. I think hearing stories from those directly experiencing racism is what will change attitudes toward it. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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