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Karan Samuels of Newville, Penn., identifies as white and Cherokee Indian and is the mother of eight children, whose father is African American: “Every day, my kids were coming home telling me that kids called them ‘stupid N-word’ and harassed them about being biracial. The harassment made them not want to participate in activities that other kids take part in; my kids were afraid.” ••• Yolanda Abel of Baltimore, Md., a 41-year-old single parent of a 12-year-old African American daughter, Akila: “Akila came home from school one day and asked me when I’m going to get married. I told her, jokingly, ‘I’m going to marry you.’ She looked at me and said, ‘Girls can’t marry each other.”’ Yolanda took that opportunity to explain that sometimes people fall in love with people who are the same sex — and about the fact that it’s OK not to marry.