Strangers' suspicions rankle parents of mixed-race children

Posted at 4:52 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 16:52:50-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Parents of mixed-race children say they were not surprised when they heard that Cindy McCain reported a woman to police for possible human trafficking because McCain saw her at the airport with a toddler of a different ethnicity.

Mothers and fathers who look different from their children say they regularly face suspicion. Phoenix police investigated the report from Sen. John McCain's widow and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Amberkatherine DeCory is a police officer outside Minneapolis with African-American and Native American ancestry. She says she carried photos of her daughter's birth certificate in case she had to prove that the lighter-skinned girl was hers.

Cydnee Rafferty is a black New Yorker. She sends a letter with her husband explaining that he has permission to travel with their 5-year-old biracial daughter.