originally posted by: MagesticEsoteric
I've never come across another member who has ever spoken about being a part of a mixed (bi-racial) family.
Looks as though you can check this off your list.
For the record, Im white; my wife is black. We live in Austin, TX as does her immediate and a decent amount of her extended family. Our Thanksgiving
tradition since marrying 3 years ago is having Lunch/dinner with her immediate family at their place. I always feel comfortable, and feel the love
from them, especially her father.
They are Pentecostal and grew up in their family church; which is lead by her dads side and isnt as accepting, from what my wife tells me. Ive met
them during last years Thanksgiving and all was well. Their church involves speaking in tongues, with a lot of music and dancing. Im not religious
at all when it comes to praying to a personal god, attending church, etc. My wife and her younger sister have broken away from their family church
due to their closed-off collective mindset. I consider myself Christian but I rarely go to church. My wife and her sister go to Austin Stone
Community Church every Sunday and I attend about every three months, and its always very emotional for me so I dont like going a lot but its always a
great experience. The Christian rock band is always great and the beat vibrates the body. That physical feeling (like a powerful heartbeat) of the
vibrations from the drums combined with the lyrics displayed for singing along never fails to bring me to tears. Getting teary-eyed just writing
about it/recalling it. Im sure theres more going on during those few minutes during the music, like love, guilt, wonderment, feeling insignificant,
fear, sense of community. Yeah, theres a lot going on in that moment!
Anyway, I got off track.
My parents live in Omaha as well as my oldest sister, and my other sister (also older than me) lives in Philly but will be moving back to Austin next
spring. My parents came down for the wedding in 2012 and they're easy going, Texas folk and get along with everyone/anyone, so when we had the two
families together for the first (and only time) it was nice and quiet.
I guess what Im saying is that we have it good. My wife and I have experienced very little to no racism, and maybe the bit that we thought we
experienced was just someone having a bad day, who knows. All in all, we are either blessed or lucky, or both. Admittedly we keep to ourselves
because thats the why we like it. We are into each other; the world/people can be #ty so we tend to focus on each other (i.e. Love).
There you have it...a truly bi-racial family, that you can now say you've come across on ATS.
I hope I was able to contribute something of some sort of value.
P.S. The golf course is my "church"