Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Important Changes in Mixed Kid Life:

These articles/blogs/posts I feel are important for every mixed-race person to read and to know of. If we are to make our way in this world, we need to know our world, our people, and the events associated with them.
  • Touching story of a three-generation multiracial family - it started in 1941 when mixed-love was still very much taboo. Check out the section that shows where mixed-races are growing the fastest.
  • Minorities take over - The new census results say that by 2019 "white" will no longer be the majority in the US. Being mixed-race has risen as well and will likely become the majority.
  • Read the struggle of this mixed boy as he grew up in the foster care system, a system that until recently would pair black mixed-race children with black families despite the child's upbringing.
  • mixedkids.com advertises its 2010 book that explores the portraits of a changing world and the faces of the new mixed generation.
  • Obama chose to check off only "African-American" instead of both "African-American" and "White" so NPR explains why he may have chosen just the one. Though it frustrates me that choosing multiracial is such a confusing or poor choice.
  • Halle Berry says she is not mixed and neither is her mixed-child because of the one drop rule, but as we've seen this rule can be very hurtful. You should accept all sides of yourself. Accepting the white or another race will not erase your pride for your black side. I hope Halle sees this before she alienates her child and goes back to being a role model for mixed people.
  • Multiracials on TV and advertisements - New ads promote a "racial utopia" of "narrative colorblindness" in a "socially desirable" world. But things aren't always as it seems. Mixed race people are not exempt from being racist themselves. Just because we are here does not mean racism is gone.
  • Mixed Kids end up crazier than single race - These are the sorts of studies that make people think differently of us. Perhaps we end up with a mental illness, low self-esteem, or bad behavior because of how people treat us, because we don't fit in and they don't have a place for us. You'd act out too if everyone rejected you. I think the Racialicious blog raises good points about this early 2000 study.

5 comments:

  1. THATS SO NEAT THANKS FOR TEACHING ME SO MUCH! THANK IN PART TO YOUR BLOG IVE REALIZED THAT BEING MULATTO ISNT SO BAD (AND YES I DO CONSIDER MYSELF MULATTO, NOT MIXED RACE)

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