One of the most moving parts of See No Color being out in the world has been the response to it from other transracial adoptees. Just yesterday, I received the following statement from restaurant manager Shaaren Pine, who kindly agreed to let me share it here.
“I read “See No Color” in one sitting, as I truly could not put it down. This book spoke to all my selves (who I am now, who I have been, and who I will be) and I cried for all of them.
“Despite so many differences between my life and Gibney’s Alex, “See No Color” perfectly illustrates (and validates) some of the lifelong and soul-crushing challenges a Transracial Adoptee faces:
“That we don’t allow ourselves our own feelings and opinions, because others’ spoken or unspoken feelings and opinions are somehow bigger than ours.
“That we feel like fake, disingenuous impostors who will be found out and rejected by both of our worlds (the one we were born into and the one we were raised in) because, in fact, we have already experienced both exclusions.
“And that race is huge. That we were not imagining what was happening to us, despite our inability to share (or others’ refusal to hear) our experiences. Our failures to adequately articulate what we were feeling and experiencing as children and teenagers was not our fault. We weren’t taught how.
“I wish my younger self had been able to read this book. I cannot even imagine the impact it would have had on my life. I am so grateful that it is here now, though. It will help heal many of us – who we were, who we are, and who we will be.
–Shaaren Pine, Business Owner, Adoptee, Parent, Writer