Mixed-race children confront race on a rudimentary level. Where as one half of an interracial couple looks outwardly at their partner, rarely ever getting the chance to make a side-by-side comparison, this is the reality of the child. These kids confront race in their homes at a very early age and it is vital that parents acknowledge, embrace, explain, and encourage an understanding of the differences their children see.
The Painted Man is a collection of coming of race memoirs that finds a dad confronted by racially charged questions posed directly by his young son and the people they come into contact with. Throughout the book father and son attempt to answer these questions organically, through experiences and interactions, or by soliciting the opinions of professionals in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Psychology.