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LISTEN: Rebecca Carroll On 'Surviving The White Gaze'

Laura Fuchs
Rebecca Carroll, author of the memoir "Surviving the White Gaze."

At first, Rebecca Carroll’s childhood in rural New Hampshire seemed idyllic. But as a Black child raised by adoptive white parents, her life became much more complicated.

“It essentially was the white gaze,” Carroll told NEXT. “It was the world my parents created, the way they wanted it to look, without any indication of race beyond me.”

Carroll’s memoir is titled “Surviving the White Gaze.” In the book, she describes her childhood with her adoptive family, navigating a difficult relationship with her white birth mother, and being the target of racism in her hometown where she was the only Black resident at the time.

Carroll is a cultural critic and host of the podcast “Come Through.”

This interview was featured in the most recent episode of NEXT from the New England News Collaborative. Listen to the entire episode here.

Morgan Springer is the host/producer for the weekly show NEXT and the New England News Collaborative, a ten-station consortium of public radio newsrooms. She joined WNPR in 2019. Before working at Connecticut Public Radio, Morgan was the news director at Interlochen Public Radio in northern Michigan, where she launched and co-hosted a weekly show Points North.
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