Kim Kardashian’s Plans for Raising a Biracial Baby Might Make Things Harder

kim and kanyeIf you don't know by now that Kim Kardashian is pregnant, I'd like to salute you and ask your secret. If, though, you're like the rest of us and are totally and inexplicably immersed in everything she and that little fetus of hers wears and does, then here's a new tidbit you can sink your teeth into: while promoting some new movie she's in on BET, Kim shared her thoughts on raising a biracial baby. She said:

I have a lot of friends that are all different nationalities and their children are biracial, so they have kind of talked to me a little bit about it and what to expect and what not to expect. But I think that the most important thing is how I would want to raise my children is to just not see color.

Kim went on to say that she won't know how to handle the situation until she's in it and acknowledges that parenting in general is a challenge, race of the baby notwithstanding.

OK. I know Kim is damned if she does, damned if she doesn't with everything right now, but come on, ignoring the baby's race isn't going to help anything. "Not seeing color" is just going to cause more problems than it will solve. Shouldn't we teach our children about their heritage, lineage, and culture?

Kim and Kanye's baby will have a rich ancestry that incorporates Kim's Armenian genealogy and Kanye's African legacy. There are probably countless things little baby North West can be proud of when it comes to his forebearers and I hope Kim and Kanye are excited to teach him all about what makes them special and connected.

Then once those lessons are out of the way, they can then tackle Mommy's sex tape, and that time Daddy embarrassed Taylor Swift.

What do you think?

 

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Freela Freela

As a mom of biracial kids, I don't think there is anything wrong with what she said. Not everyone feels that connectedness to their culture of origin. My dh is south asian. He hasn't been to India since he was 2. He doesn't speak the language, he doesn't practice the religion, he didn't grow up celebrating the holidays, he doesn't feel connected to the culture. He was born in Canada, he identifies as Canadian. We take lots of criticism about raising our kids to be 'too white' (ie. not doing traditionally Indian things.) But honestly, if dh feels essentially 'Canadian' and is raising 'Canadian' kids, who is anyone to tell him that he's wrong? He's not ashamed of his background, and the kids know their background (they even have south asian names.) But I don't think that race is a huge part of their conception of self in either themselves or in other people, and I don't think that's a bad thing at all. I really don't think it's anyone's business to tell parents how they 'should' teach their kids to feel about race/ethnicity/culture, since it seems to assume that people ought to feel a certain way about their ethnicities, and no everyone does. Ugh- I can't believe I just agreed with Kim Kardashian about something! ;)

nonmember avatar blue

There is absolutely nothing wrong with "seeing color." I am white, so what if people SEE I'm white. I have friends of all different colors. So what if I SEE their color. I don't JUDGE their color, or make assumptions, or entertain bigotry. Recognizing color is fine, it's if you begin to use that in a negative way. It's absolutely impossible not to see color.

tinyk... tinykitty

Blue, I get what you're saying, but it's not that simple. I'm biracial, half white half black, and I look Hispanic. People have a tendency to want to categorize things, I think it's a natural human tendency even when it comes to other people. With biracial people, society is never sure how to categorize us. Some people still believe in that charming hold over from slavery, the "one drop rule", that states if there's any black in your family, you are black. Many of us (biracial people) identify with the side we resemble most strongly, for example President Obam identifies as black, although his mother was white. Then there are those of us who identify as neither or both races. People ask me what I consider myself, I consider myself intelligent, I consider myself human, but I cannot identify with a particular race. Resembling neither, I am not privy to the perspectives of either. What you see, is not necessarily what you get, if it where my Spanish would be a lot better.

nonmember avatar Thinker

I try to avoid stories about this person but the more I hear her thoughts/opinions makes me think she's just basically a simple, stupid, uneducated person. Yeah, she's famous and pretty but nothing going between those ears. If she wasn't famous, what could she possibly do? She has no skills other than getting dressed and putting on makeup.

Serab... Serabelle

Am I the only one who thinks "not seeing color" was meant figuratively not literally? Of course the child will see differences in skin tone, I think she means that she will teach it not to judge based on it. Can't make her kid actually blind!

MaryC... MaryCimino

Thanks to my very diverse family (Dad's half black half white and my mom is Mexican) we celebrate everything it seems. We have too many religions too I think, I have Jewish Relatives and Catholic and Buddhist relatives as well. I grew up knowing alot about other cultures thanks to that. I never saw color or beliefs when I was young, I honestly thought everyone had a family like this lol

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