Craig Melvin Recalls Moment Son Delano Thought His Sister Sybil Was White: 'It's Complicated'
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Craig Melvin and his wife Lindsay Czarniak had to overcome some complicated parenting moments as the mother and father of two biracial children.
The 41-year-old co-host of Today reports in the June cover story for parents about his experiences of raising son Delano, 7, and daughter Sybil, 4 with Czarniak and the challenges that come with it, his children and their background to teach.
While Melvin says that after a year of racial injustice, his children "don't have many questions", he says that he is "not naive enough to believe it will stay this way forever".
The father of two remembered a complex moment in his home when Delano thought his younger sister was white.
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"Just the other day, when Del was watching TV, he suddenly said, 'Oh, Dad, I have black skin. I'm black! And Sibby is white, just like Mom,'" he said.
43-year-old Czarniak, who is no stranger to difficult conversations about race, says she jumped into the conversation to unpack Delano's comment.
"I replied: 'Actually you are both black!' But then I realized that Del was just pointing out what he was seeing with his own eyes, which means the color of Sibby's skin is closer to mine, "she says.
Melvin adds, "The reality is that society will see them both as black. It's complicated."
Melvin also discusses the idea of raising "color-blind" children and shares that he believes it is impossible.
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"I mean, when I grew up, my mom went out of her way to make sure we didn't look at someone's skin color first," he says of his mom, Betty Jo Melvin. "She wanted her children to assimilate, and that has helped me in my life. But I also learned that when you go out into the world, you realize that most people don't have the same point of view."
As early as June, Czarniak took the time to get to know her husband's roots by sitting down with Melvin's mother for an honest conversation about the breed.
Czarniak shared her three-part video series on Instagram in which she talked to her mother-in-law about "uncomfortable" topics like growing up in South Carolina in the 1960s, raising black sons, and what it was like to learn she was with a white son Wife together.
At the time, Melvin said he was "very proud" of the conversation his mother had with his wife and urged everyone to listen to the full series.
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