I've got a new post today over at Be Bold or Go Home, my blog about transracial parenting for Adoptive Families Circle, called Because They Need to Know. It's a response to the recent "babysitting while white" incident in Austin, Texas, where grandfather Scott Henson, who is white, was wrongfully detained by police as the supected kidnapper of his 5-year-old African American granddaughter, Ty, as they were walking home from an afternoon of roller skating at the local rec center:
I don't remember where we were -- maybe the grocery store -- when Gobez, my nine-year-old son, adopted from Ethiopia, started throwing punches at me, trying to stir up a pretend boxing match. He was in that wild rumpus kind of a mood that grips little boys from time to time, and wasn't listening to my warnings to stop. I felt myself edging toward panic. I'm 5'2" and about 128 pounds. Although only in fourth grade, my son is approaching 5'1" and carries 100 pounds of almost solid muscle. I felt scared, but not because I thought Gobez would hurt me; he wouldn't. I was afraid that someone in the store would not realize that we were mother and son. That someone would misinterpret what was happening between a black boy and a white woman and call the cops.
You can read the rest of the post here.