My mother, originally from Hickory, North Carolina, is Black and Cherokee, and my dad is Swedish. My sister and I were raised in Sweden, among the fields and the forests, lakes and the oceans. Although Sweden today is becoming increasingly diverse (yet noticeably noninclusive), that was not the case when I was growing up. Our family was quite unique. Not only that, but my parents’ ideas, perspectives and norms also intertwined across countries, cultures and ethnic boundaries, which turned me on to the power of diversity.
IMAGE: My parents...and their parents.