Rachel Garlinghouse and her husband, Steve are both white, and they’ve adopted three kids — two girls and a boy — who are African-American. “We get double-takes everywhere we go,” Garlinghouse tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “You have to look at discrimination in a whole new way” as a trans-racial family.
In addition to the stares, sometimes the family meets with more direct and offensive inquiries. “We have been asked, ‘Were their parents on drugs?'” Garlinghouse says. “Those questions are very hurtful to our children, if not detrimental.”
Garlinghouse and her husband are raising their children to understand race and heritage. “They need to know their history as African-Americans. They are not white and we should not pretend that they are white.”