Rosa Kadera Redmond
Not white but not NOT white
Growing up in the USA as a woman of color
This episode was published to subscribers on June 6, 2017
When Rosa Kadera-Redmond and I ran long miles together we had hours to discuss whatever came to mind. I was intrigued by a comment she made that was later followed up by our podcast interview and, just today, resurfaced on a radio byte on KCBS. Not white but not NOT white is the topic. What is it like being raised as a woman of color, not black, not white, but both?
Rosa lost her mother at the age of 12 after spending a good part of her childhood in California. The death of her mother sent Rosa, her brothers and sisters to live in the midwest with the white side of her family, separated into two households.
One time I spoke with Rosa, on a long run, and she was reflecting on a college course assignment that was related to a student perspective on daily life, media, and responses. The professor didn’t even seem to understand, when Rosa raised the question, that things might be different for a person of color than the greater population of the class that was white. This intrigued me.
Rosa was willing to interview for Active After 35 Thrive to 105 and I am pleased to share her story. Today’s news recording of “Not white but not NOT white” was so succinct in much of what Rosa has shared that I took the line directly from the KCBS newscast.
Thank you Rosa for the time and thought that went into the interview…