A Biracial Woman on Growing Up With White Parents: "I'm Learning the Truth About the World"

Carliyonna Thurber, a 24-year-old biracial woman who grew up in Long Valley, NJ, never seriously considered her race as a child. Adopted as an infant by white parents, Carliyonna spent her formative years attending school and making friends in a town that is 90 percent white. While reflecting on the demonstrations taking place around the US, Carliyonna has been contemplating her experience as a woman of color.

"I didn't think I had experienced any major racial injustices," Carliyonna told POPSUGAR. "I was only able to fully acknowledge some of the negative sentiment as I

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