Fathers, of all races, leave their children to be raised by single mothers. In Black households, it has become an epidemic and the awful characteristic does not escape the famous. Being a child of a single parent is difficult enough, but living as a biracial child can be brutal. Way too often, White mothers are left to raise their children without their Black fathers, most of the time, causing immense pain and confusion for the child of mixed heritage they created.
Actress, Halle Berry, born to a White mother and a Black father, has spoken often about her absent father. When he was in the home, she claimed her father physically and emotionally abused, not her, but her mother and sister, making her feel helpless, confused, and insecure. According to Berry, she often suffered from identity crises, not knowing where to she belonged. Berry claims that one day her mother sat her in front of a mirror and told her, "You can call yourself whatever you want--White or Black--but society will see you as Black." Berry said she used this advice to help her find her way as a biracial child. The actress also admitted to feeling bouts of abandonment due to her father not being in her life.
Platinum-selling vocalist, Mariah Carey, has also revealed her troubled upbringing, being in a household without her Black father, who left her White mother to raise her and her sister. Like Berry, Carey declared she didn't have a clue as to where her place was in a society that was focused so intently on race. In her early career days, she would say, "I'm not White, I'm not Black, I'm human."
Singer Alicia Keys, President Barack Obama, and now it looks as though we can add Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's child to the list of abandoned brown babies (let's hope for the best). It's very disturbing to think about the torture these children must feel, some have said being biracial is like a tug-of-war going on inside the brain.
A child who has two heritages needs those two parent's views on how each see the world. Just like children learn how to be who they are from both genders of parents in the home, both races can indoctrinate their own unique life experiences, enhancing their children's social dexterity and self-image.