What (Race) Am I?

Bismillah,

what-am-i

I was on maternity leave when one day I decided to turn on the TV and watch what kind of shows were on while I was at work. This is how I came upon The Real and this episode. Otherwise, I don’t watch much TV. I go through periods though where I only read or where I’m hooked on certain series. Other than that, it gets challenging to watch TV daily and alhamdullilah for that.

Anyways, the issue of race spoke loudly to me so I decided to author a book for the sake of my own child in America. Prior to that, I had met people in college who had issues with mixed couples like ours. They said that the offsprings of such unions are scarred for life; they longed for a sense of belonging. I thought, “That’s interesting. We don’t have that issue in Africa.” I did my research and BAM! There was some truth in it.

Anyways, the project was in the back-burner for a while and is now being designed alhamdullilah.

Below is a sneak peak page. A bit hard to see but you can have an idea…

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Description: When Nouredine goes to his first day of school at Fitra Pre-School, his joy is crushed when one of his schoolmates asked, ‘What are you?’ and mockeries ensued. He turns to his parents for an answer which satisfies him. This book uses a theist approach to discuss race issues with biracial children from Black and White parents. We can all agree that the ‘What Race Are You?’ is an inevitable question biracial and mixed race children will face at least once in their lives if not permanently. Nouredine’s father is an American citizen originally from the Balkans. His mother is also a US citizen originally from West Africa. Nouredine is American and was born in Texas. Depending on how the reader looks at it, Nouredine can be considered African-American, biracial or multi-racial.

Goal of this post: If you know anybody who is in a multi-racial or bi-racial family who might be interested in reviewing my children book when it comes out, please tell them to contact me here so I can tell them when the Amazon free kindle promotion starts insha’Allah.

Please keep us in your duas so that this project goes through  insha’Allah. May Allah protect us from the evil eye, amiin.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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16 comments

  1. Papatia · November 8, 2016

    Reblogged this on Between Sisters, SVP!.

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  2. consuelomurgia · November 8, 2016

    It sounds so interesting! I’d really like to read it. My 3-year-old daughter is a great observer and she has already spontaneously classified every family member. She says that I’m white, that her father is dark and that she’s light dark. Then there is my mother-in-law who is also dark, while she says that my mother is white and my father is dark. I didn’t think a child could already be aware of skin color at such a young age. What about your son? Take care! 🙂

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    • Papatia · November 8, 2016

      Awesome! I’ll let you know when it’s out God willing. My son just turned two so we’re still working on speech ;). But it’s amazing the things they can pick up! Your daughter seems very bright mA :). Much love and care dear.

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    • Papatia · February 3

      Hi Consuelo! It’s out 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/What-Am-Race-Are-We/dp/0996709444. I did a little format change so perhaps wait until 3pm USA time to download it. It looks fine either way ;).

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  3. The Animation Commendation · November 8, 2016

    I’ve seen clips of The Real.

    What race am I? I’m brown, lol!

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  4. muslimkidlit · December 31

    Papatia, what age range will your book for? I think my biracial niece would love this, mashaaAllah

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    • Papatia · January 2

      It’s 4 to 12 years old. Awesome :). I’ll let you know when it’s out insha’Allah. Jazakh’Allah khair!

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      • muslimkidlit · February 6

        JazakAllahu khair!

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      • Papatia · February 6

        Wa iyyakum! 🙂

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    • Papatia · February 3

      Assalamu aleikum sis. It’s out https://www.amazon.com/What-Am-Race-Are-We/dp/0996709444 🙂 alhamdullilah. Can you wait maybe until 3pm USA time to download it? I did a small format change. However, it’s fine if you download it now. Wassalam!

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      • muslimkidlit · February 6

        Wa ‘alaykumus salaam….sorry sis seeing this late. Okay to download now? BarakAllahu feeki

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      • Papatia · February 6

        Yes, you can! 🙂 Wa feekum barak’Allah.

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