by Storyteller Elizabeth Gomez

In The White Boys Elizabeth tells of her struggle to be comfortable with her own identity outside the boundaries of the racial norm. She tells of the normal awkward struggles of adolescent love with the addition of struggling to find acceptance of her own racial features.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have any of you been asked “what” you are”? How did it make you feel?
  2. Do you find people attractive based on their skin color? Do you think people do the same to you?
  3. What do you find most unique or beautiful about your features?
  4. When do you identify who you are as a person based on your racial makeup? When is it not a factor?

Resources:

Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection by Chris Shook
The Beauty of Color by Imam

Themes:

Asian American/Asians
Crossing Cultures
Education and Life Lessons
European Americans/Whites
Family and Childhood
Identity
Latino Americans/Latinos
Stereotypes and Discrimination
Taking a Stand/Peacemaking