White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing is mystery author Gail Lukasik’s discovery that her mother passed for white as an adult. Her mother made Gail promise not to reveal the secret until she died. Gail struggled with the shame of her mother’s choice, which launched her on a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Now she talks to Second Sunday Crime host Libby Hellmann.
In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.
With a foreword written by Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, this unique and fascinating story of coming to terms with oneself breaks down barriers.
Host Libby Hellmann is the award-winning author of 15 compulsively readable thrillers. Originally from Washington DC she has called Chicago home longer than she cares to admit. She loves talking to authors.
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