The Importance Of Being A Family

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Sixty years ago, if you saw me and my family in public, there is a great chance you would not recognize us as being a family. My dad, my mom, and my three oldest siblings are Caucasian Americans. My sister, my foster-brother, and I are all Black South Africans. I even have a brother-in-law who is Taiwanese and Paraguayan. There is a good chance that sixty years ago my family would not be out in public together. There is a good chance we would not exist. However, if we did exist as a family, there would be no shortage of obstacles and difficulties meted out by society. Fortunately, the year is 2016 and families that look like mine are not condemned or doubted as often anymore. Families that look like mine can freely and proudly exist …show more content…
I see the black skin of myself, my sister, and my foster-brother. I see the white skin of my dad, my mom, and my three oldest siblings. Even though we are far from “matching”, we are family. But my family is more than color and I owe that recognition and enlightenment to Mandela. I hear my parents speak fluently in Dutch. I hear my younger sister communicate both in English and Spanish. I hear my older sister and brother-in-law lightly converse in Mandarin Chinese and other Asiatic languages. We are quite the assortment of cultures. The Norwegian trolls in my dad’s office, the Belgian chocolates in our kitchen, the hand-woven South African baskets in my room, and other various cultural trinkets bring warmth to our rainbow home. There has been a long running joke in my family that we are a miniature version of the United Nations. Now, when I reflect on this silly nickname, I am happier than ever. I am happier than ever because I realize how much truth is in this nickname. Yes, we are interracial. Yes, we are also multicultural. But even amongst all our differences and distinctions, we are united in diversity. Nelson Mandela did not create a diverse nation within South Africa. The concept of diversity is simply someone or something showing a great deal of variety. Even before Mandela was born, South Africa was booming with many varied races and cultures. Mandela showed a diverse nation such as South Africa how to respect,tolerate, and embrace the races and cultures of others. Mandela accomplished his vision to create a rainbow nation. My family is living proof of that. Without his hope and passion to establish equality, I don’t know where families that look like mine would

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