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Are you Greg and Tyler Jackson's little sister?

One thing I desperately wanted as a kid was for my teachers to see my last name, and ask with joy or terror, “Are you Greg or Tyler Jackson’s little sister?”



But they never did.


If I wanted them to know we were related, I would have to go up and introduce myself.


It’s hard when you love your family—you feel and experience a sense of belonging when your with them—but no one else recognizes your membership within your family because you don’t “match.”


Why would anyone assume we were related? Jackson is a super common surname. Greg is white with blue eyes and freckles. Tyler is Korean. I’m biracial.


Nevertheless, I still wanted one. Just one teacher to make the giant leap and ask. As a transracial adoptee your familial legitimacy is constantly put in question covertly and overtly. and it hurts. But please know you’re a valid member of your adopted family and your biological family regardless of the contents of teachers roll-calls on the first day of school.

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