JTA spoke with Lacey Schwartz Delgado on the phone last week about her involvement in her husband's campaign for Congress.
At first glance, Lacey Schwartz's childhood seems pretty picturesque: Raised in Woodstock, New York — a sleepy town located about 2 hours north of Manhattan — Schwartz grew up as the only child of her white, Jewish parents, enveloped by a loving community of friends and teachers.
Lacey Schwartz grew up as a white, Jewish girl in the predominantly white community of Woodstock, N.Y., raised by Peggy and Robert Schwartz. But what she didn’t know at the time was that her biological father was black.
Schwartz talks to Salon about race, privilege, family secrets and her new PBS documentary "Little White Lie"
Meet the biracial woman who grew up believing she was white until uncovering her mother's affair with the African American father she never knew she had
A woman who grew up believing that she was a white Jewish girl with two Caucasian parents has created a powerful documentary which details her discovery that her biological father is actually a black man with whom her mother had a brief affair.
Reared as a “nice Jewish girl,” filmmaker Lacey Schwartz had harbored doubts about her identity since high school.
Reared as a "nice Jewish girl," filmmaker Lacey Schwartz had harbored doubts about her identity since high school. She finally pressed her parents for answers and has captured her discovery with the documentary "Little White Lie."
When Lacey Schwartz celebrated her bat mitzvah more than two decades ago in her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., a synagogue-goer turned to her and said, “It’s so nice to have an Ethiopian Jew in our midst.”
Lacey Schwartz, a 37-year-old Harvard Law School graduate turned filmmaker, moves with ease in circles in which her identity as both black and Jewish seems unremarkable. What makes her biography striking is that Ms. Schwartz, a woman with light brown skin and a cascade of dark curls, grew up believing she was white.
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz has an intriguing and compelling personal story to tell in her documentary, “Little White Lie,” screening at 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Film Festival (PJFF) Pre-Fest, taking place Sunday at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.
Little White Lie is a documentary about Schwartz's childhood in a white, middle-class, Jewish household in Woodstock. Although her skin is darker than the rest of the family, Schwartz grew up believing she inherited her looks from a Sicilian grandfather. When she started college at Georgetown University, she was admitted as a black student based on her photo.
When Lacey Schwartz was accepted at Georgetown University, it was a dream come true. It also blew the lid off a tightly-guarded secret.
Identity and race is something we all need to be able to talk about—even as Jews.