On Being Biracial

On August 9, 2009, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

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Rod Woodson is a recent National Football League Hall of Fame inductee.  He is biracial and the father of five children. Here is what he had to say about being biracial and raising biracial children during his induction speech.

You know, I grew up in a small town, in the 1960s and ’70s in a biracial relationship.  And it taught me a lot.  I think it taught me early in life that people will judge you by your skin color, not the content of your character.  And, society wants us to choose what you are so many times.  Are you black?  Are you white?  You know? Are you Democrat, are you Republican?  But remember one thing.  God made us all of one blood and one spirit.

You people who have mixed marriages tell your kids they do not have to choose what side they’re on.  You know, we always want to choose, but we don’t have to choose.  God made you what you are, remember that.

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