birace

A simple and well written article by Jenee Desmond-Harris that cuts through the red tape of what people sometimes forget.

1) “Blewish,” “Blexican,” “just human”: what we call ourselves is idiosyncratic

Biracial people might call themselves black, white, Asian, Latino, mixed, a “rainbow baby,” “just human,” a “person of color,” “Blewish,” “Blexican,” or some other label they’ve concocted that perfectly describes their self-conception.

2) What we call ourselves might change. Often. It doesn’t mean we’re confused.

If there’s a dominant stereotype associated with biracial and multiracial people, it’s that we’re confused about who we are. But let’s be honest: the very idea of dividing humans into racial categories is confusing. Who’s in? Who’s out? Where are the borders of each group? Who gets to decide?

3) We’re probably not interested in conducting an impromptu press conference on our identity

This experience isn’t unique to biracial or multiracial people. Gay people, very tall people, people with mental and physical disabilities, people who are overweight or have recently lost a lot of weight, people who speak with accents, and pregnant women (just to name a few groups) all have to go out into the world bracing for well-meaning but invasive questions and comments from colleagues and perfect strangers who feel just a little too entitled to having their curiosity satisfied.

4) We may or may not be sophisticated about or interested in issues related to race

Because race is so important in our society, some are unsettled when they can’t place someone right away
But this isn’t the case for all biracial or multiracial people. In fact, a lot of us were raised by parents whose choice to be in an interracial relationship went hand in hand with the fact that they considered themselves postracial, or colorblind, or that they thought it was tacky or wrong to pay a lot of attention to race.

5) There’s no one biracial experience

This shouldn’t be a surprise, given the 9 million–plus Americans who identify with more than one race.

6) We don’t necessarily see ourselves as messengers of racial harmony

Despite these hopeful comments, there’s no evidence that people like me spark racial healing

Read the article in its entirety on Vox

 

 

Writer and curator of interesting12, Maggie is a DC based writer with a heart for nonprofits, a passion for complicated people, and lover of all things well designed and well said. This former longtime LA resident is a firm believer we should be challenging ourselves to discuss what affect us in this world and how. She’s opinionated, a teller of both sides of the story, and some say she’s clever.