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From Publishers Weekly:
"Sundee Frazier, a self-described 'AmericanAfricanScottishDutchDanish-
SwedeIndigenousPerson,' tackles the ambiguities of being a multiracial woman of faith in Check All That Apply: Finding Wholeness as a multiracial Person. In it she cogently describes the particular tension of multiracial identity, the sense of never quite belonging anywhere; she also insists that one's core identity comes only from God. Considering that the number of interracial marriages has swelled from 310,000 in 1970 to 1.3 million in 1994, there is an ever-enlarging audience for Frazier's thoughtful reflections."
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CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: Finding Wholeness as a multiracial Person

It was so hot, muggy and smoggy you couldn't see the mountain range just a few miles to the north. A typical summer day in Pasadena, California, circa 1988. I was nineteen years old and participating in an eight-week urban service project. I was ready to end poverty and bring justice to the inner city. But first we had to talk about race – something I didn't particularly enjoy doing because of the inevitable pain involved for me as a person of two races.

Of course, long before this fateful day I had filled out dozens of forms that forced me to check a little racial box. I never had a problem with it. I knew one of my parents was black and one was white. What did that make me? Sundee, I guess. But on forms I always chose "black" because somewhere along the way I had heard that you were automatically what your father was.

Now, in the basement of a church in Pasadena, during an orientation with twenty other racially diverse interns, I would be forced to choose in a way I had never before faced.

Two men were there to train us in racial awareness and sensitivity. First they asked us to describe them – to say what we noticed about who they were. "One of your wears glasses." "One of you is bald." "One of you is taller than the other." "You're both men." I thought we had done a pretty good and thorough job, until they pointed out that none of us had mentioned that one was black and one was white.

Oh no, I thought, like someone whose blind date has just turned sour. At home we had always skirted subjects that might lead to conflict, including race. My internal defense mechanisms began to turn, and I steeled myself for turmoil.

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