trans·​ra·​cial | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce transracial (audio) , (ˌ)tranz- \

Definition of transracial

: involving, encompassing, or extending across two or more races transracial adoption

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Recent Examples on the Web Although the songs of Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album now embroider such woke hot topics as transracial adoption and the outrages catalogued by #MeToo, the show itself is a creaky throwback. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical.," 6 Dec. 2019 The company originally started in 2010 as Styles for Girlz, when Swint was tapped by a transracial mother who sought out her help caring for her little ones’ hair. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Woman Is Teaching Transracial Parents How To Care For Black Hair," 10 June 2019 The video garnered more than six million views, with transracial parents thanking Swint for her contribution in the comments section. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Woman Is Teaching Transracial Parents How To Care For Black Hair," 10 June 2019 This isn’t to demonize transracial adoption but, rather, to point out the dangers of the notion that black children must be saved and that becoming a white adoptive parent is inherently a sign of kindness and benevolence. Stacey Patton, Washington Post, "We can’t ignore race in the tragic story of Devonte Hart and his white adoptive mothers," 6 Apr. 2018 For a couple of hours, a fantasy entranced us, and its extraordinary box-office success proves the breadth of its simultaneously racial and yet transracial appeal. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "How Do We Cope With Trump?," 23 Feb. 2018 His ethnicity was not a consideration for me or the caseworker, but his guardian ad litem, an individual appointed by the court to look after the best interests of the child, was opposed to transracial permanency. Woman's Day, "I'm Black. My Son is White. Here's How People Treat Us.," 8 Mar. 2017 Deeply personal works by Brooke Thiele and Rose Curley chronicling their transracial adoptions highlight the exhibit of art by Nohl Fellows on display at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekly Reads from Art City (July 13)," 14 July 2017

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Transracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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