Couple reflects on how to best educate their twins about race


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Dr. Mark Vaughn and his wife Raychel are the parents of twins, Greyson and Hendryx.

Courtesy of the Vaughn Family

A Viera couple blessed with twins, a boy and girl, already have started thinking about how to best educate them on the concept of race.

Manatee Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Raychel Vaughn and husband, Dr. Mark Vaughn, a podiatrist and part of Brevard Foot and Ankle in Rockledge, met when both attended Melbourne High School. Back then, they never dated. Five years later, they re-connected on social media.

Married for a little more than two years, their son, Greyson, and daughter, Hendryx, will be nine months old on June 18.

“I am mixed — my dad was black and my mom was white. Mark is white. Now, we have bi-racial twins,’’
she said.

 The couple have not been made to feel uncomfortable recently, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Raychel attended Holy Name of Jesus School and Melbourne Central Catholic High School in Melbourne for two years before transferring to the more-diverse Melbourne High School. That’s where she met Vaughn.

The protests and the challenges of finding solutions to systemic racism have the couple concerned about the future.

“I’m not so much concerned about safety, but it did make me kind of think because our kids are bi-racial. It did make me think about how we are going to educate the kids for the future. Right now, they are babies and (they haven’t taken on dark skin tone). I don’t want there to ever be a circumstance where our daughter is dating a guy — whether he be white or black or a different race — and she is looked at differently,’’
she said.

Added Mark: “Growing up here in Melbourne, there were multiple race couples. But, I think even more so now there are black and white couples and interracial couples. I think it helps everyone see it as this isn’t abnormal. It doesn’t matter the color of your skin. If you love someone, you love someone. That’s what I’m hopeful for. It does seem like it’s getting more common,’’ he said.

“Now, it’s more a question as parents, how do we educate our kids, and how we teach them we should act as humans and it’s not necessarily (about) the color of your skin? Again, the biggest thing is how we are going to approach the situation. Hopefully, it never comes but with the way the world is right now, there will be something on the forefront,” he said.