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Coming Out as Biracial — Human Parts

Coming Out as Biracial — Human Parts
A few months ago, I not-so-subtly asserted myself as biracial while having dinner with a new coworker. “I’m a Capricorn,” she’d said. “Yeah…my mom’s black,” I responded (not verbatim, but the exchange was similar). The answer, if you’re wondering, is yes. Here it is: My mother is black. I grew up in a culturally diverse environment, which meant I missed the memo that it’s “not normal” to be mixed. So I didn’t discover my otherness through being teased by peers or by having after-school-special chats with my parents. Because my exploration of race was largely internal, I spent much of my adolescence identifying as … well, whatever I wanted. Even with this solution in place, a certain fear lived in me. At thirteen, I moved and got a chance to reevaluate my identity. Gradually, I learned how to parse my race, make sense of it on a personal level. That’s not to say I understand the black experience. And the biracial experience? And it’s coming out. So I come out. Related:  Shadism & mixed peopleCore Spring 2014mixed blood mixed race multiracial biracial stories & resources

Mixed Kids are not "Prettier": Blowing Up Hybrid Vigour By Guest Contributor CVT, originally published at Choptensils Okay, I’m done. Just done with this sh–. A few days ago, my cousin (“E”), his girlfriend (“J”), and I (“me”) met up with a married couple that they are friends with. So after we part ways, “J” (also Chinese) is excited about the baby, and she says, “I can’t wait for their baby to be born – she is going to be so beautiful. Record-scratch. Because this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this kind of thing. It doesn’t end there, though. When this topic gets brought up on a larger level – how beautiful and wonderful and healthy mixed kids are – we inevitably get a reference to “hybrid vigor.” Well, sorry, people – but this particular gorgeous, super-intelligent and wondrously kind mixed-race “cross-breed” has a science background. So step into my class for a second. First-off, don’t wrongly cite Gregor Mendel and his pea-experiments as any sort of evidence – either way – of “hybrid vigor.” Well, yes and no. “Pure-breeds”? B.S.

Your Fave Is Problematic lsatdaddy asked: good lord idk if you've seen the trailer for the new season of Girls but it has a line "Sometimes, I think about Japan and I'm like, did I create this country in my mind?" T_T yikes no surprise there, considering Girls is the whitest white feminist piece of shit I’ve ever laid my eyes on. and Lena Dunham also wrote one this orientalist garbage too sonysportswalkman: *town crier voice* hear ye, hear ye! b-bumb: he’s beauty,he’s grace,he’s our problematic fave Your Fave is Problematic: My Mom Let the dog drink out of her glass of water and then denied it! tayloracleswift: Friend: I need receiptsMe: On who reblog if u a little problematic Azealia Banks On September 13, 2013 she tweeted “They said I look like the [t-word] from orange is the new black :(((((”. Let me know if there’s something I should add! closing ask/submissions for a little while thanks to gross-ass messages from the snotnosed sexist shitheads of the 4chan “takeover” Kerli RuPaul “T****y, it’s ridiculous!

For tongues tired of dancing “My hiking trip was so weird,” she starts the dinner conversation. “There was a woman, and she was just there topless. And then there were these kids,” she pauses before continuing the statement with somewhat uncertainty, “and they, they were black. And they just kept on using the F-bomb.” “They probably just weren’t taught right, you know?” You think it’s strange that she mentioned the race of the children who used the F-bomb, but not of the woman who was walking around the mountains topless. “Oh, but I don’t think you’re like them. Still, you’re not satisfied, but, as a senior in high school, you do not quite know what more to say. You are a child of the colorblind generation, a daughter of a post-racial society. Still you crave the language, the vocabulary, the consciousness that you have not been given to articulate your experiences. You are a child of a colorblind generation. 2Reactions You are the daughter of a post-racial society. But maybe, maybe you’re just making it up.

Searching for the Secret Island of Black Queer Mixed Femmes After I moved to Canada from Trinidad as a little girl, I was brought into a really unstable abusive home, which pushed me to move around a lot. Violence and the movement it brings are in my blood. I am a product of the legacy of colonization, which has remade countries and borders and families. Indentured workers brought from India to Trinidad laid the foundation for my grandfather’s arrival. A savage genocide waged against the Arawak people had mi abuela speaking in hushed tones when she talked of her past and a paternal grandfather from Scotland called ‘massa’ by even my paternal grandmother, an enslaved African womyn hailing from Dominica. I have always been a traveler, particularly as an immigrant and as a person with family hailing from Venezuela to Dominica to South India, ‘home’, ‘family’ and ‘belonging’ have always been complicated concepts. As much as ‘home’ is a place, I have also found it’s a time. A couple years ago I backpacked through Nicaragua.

Réflexion 6:”T’es pas vraiment noir(e)”, bounty ou la plaie du colorisme. J’ai toujours détesté le mot “bounty”. Parfois, on en riait avec un ami métis quand nous étions au collège. “Toi, t’es une bounty Mrs.Roots!“”Aah non! 1) “Bounty”, la plaie intracommunautaire. Là où une personne blanche dirait “bounty” comme la non-conformité à des clichés du Noir (“tu sais pas danser ?! 2) La culture : une affaire de blancs, alors ? Le caractère racial de la culture occidentale comme étant une culture dite “blanche” est le résultat des différentes assimilations forcées que furent l’esclavage et la colonisation, soit le revers d’un racisme historique et systémique. En fait je pense que ce terme est aussi utilisé pour nier un aspect important du colonialisme : le fait que la “culture blanche” s’est implantée absolument partout et est devenue une norme qui n’est pas politisée de la même manière que les cultures absorbées par celle-ci. 3) Européens et diversité : et nous, alors ? Like this: Like Loading...

Surveille ton langage ! | Brasiers et Cerisiers Si vous avez été envoyé vers cet article par un lien posté suite à vos propos, prenez le temps de le lire, au calme, sans a priori. Vous verrez qu’au final, il n’ y a rien de dramatique. Une société de dominations Nous vivons dans une société (ou un agglomérat de sociétés connectées) qui baigne dans les oppressions diverses et variées : racisme, sexisme, homophobie, biphobie, lesbophobie, transphobie, classisme, validisme… Depuis notre naissance, selon notre milieu et notre parcours, de nombreux facteurs influencent notre façon de penser, parler, agir : éducation familiale et scolaire, culture (livres, cinéma, chansons, télé-poubelle ou télé-qualité, patrimoine…), publicités, rencontres, administrations publiques et privées, compositions et ambiances de nos lieux de travail et de loisirs, hasards de la vie. Hors tous ces facteurs sont eux-mêmes inscrits dans le contexte des dominations évoquées plus haut. Renforcement des oppressions. Pour résumer : Evident ? Pas tant que ça.

‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post) Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education? Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. By Marion Brady In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, high-profile education reformer Lou Gerstner, Jr., wrote, “We must start with the recognition that, despite decade after decade of reform efforts, our public K-12 schools have not improved.” And it hasn’t worked. I come to the reform problem from a simpler, more direct perspective. What will happen? Everybody except John. The Procedure: 1.

Quadruple Consciousness by Lauren Dunn - [Hana] How do we traverse the often difficult, complex and painful realities of our many political identities? How do we sift through and make sense of our experiences that come as a consequence of structural systems of domination, that render us on the edge or margins in deeply political and personal ways? How do we own them and make room for healing, for all of ourselves? I have never been one to look at the world simplistically. My home life as a child can be described as what many would categorize as unstable. Once my father moved out, I was the sole body with comparatively deep shades of melanin in the household. I have never felt fully accepted in any particular space. On the other end of the ethnological gamut, I was deeply dejected when faced with the disproval, or rather questioning of the authenticity of my Blackness, by the very community whose approval I so desperately longed for. Fluidity has always been a part of my existence.

DARK GIRLS: EMOTIONS &VERITES SANS TABOU A COEUR OUVERT Dimanche dernier, c'est sur la chaîne OWN, appartenant à Oprah Winfrey, que fut diffusé l'un des documentaires les plus attendus de l'année. Celui-ci s'intitule " DARK GIRLS"et a été réalisé par Bill Duke et D. Channsin en 2011. Récompensé dans de nombreux festivals lors de sa diffusion. Il sortira en DVD le 24 septembre 2013. Voici le lien du documentaire en V.O => ICI et LÀ. et sur Youtube: Celui-ci traite d'un sujet tabou et douloureux qui sévit au sein de la communauté noire américaine depuis de très nombreuses années, voir siècle et qui a pour point de départ l'esclavage. Et lorsque nous sommes plus foncées, c'est tout le contraire ( rejet, insulte, mal considérée) ce qui donne naissance à un mal être, et sous estime de soi. Ce sujet devrait tous nous toucher en tant qu'être humain, et surtout lorsqu'on est noir. Je suis de ceux qui croient que c'est en crevant l'abcès sur un sujet tabou qu'on en sort légèr et que la guérison peut débuter.

This... is White Privilege The Problems with the Common Core This is a revised version of a talk on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) delivered in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 20, 2013. The CCSS have been adopted by 46 states and are currently being implemented in school districts throughout the United States. The trouble with the Common Core is not primarily what is in these standards or what's been left out, although that's certainly at issue. Today everything about the Common Core, even the brand name—the Common Core State Standards—is contested because these standards were created as an instrument of contested policy. I think many supporters of the Common Core don't sufficiently take into account how these larger forces define the context in which the standards are being introduced, and how much that context is shaping implementation. My own first experience with standards-based reform was in New Jersey, where I taught English and journalism to high school students for many years in one of the state's poorest cities. Tests, Tests, Tests

Loving v. Virginia Argument of Philip J. Hirschkop Chief Justice Earl Warren: Number 395, Richard Perry Loving, et al., Appellants, versus Virginia. Mr. Mr. I'm Bernard S. I would like to move the admission of Mr. He's a member of the Bar of Virginia. Chief Justice Earl Warren: Your motion is granted. Mr. Mr. Mr. We will divide the argument. Accordingly, I will handle the Equal Protection argument as we view it and Mr. You have before you today what we consider the most odious of the segregation laws and the slavery laws and our view of this law, we hope to clearly show is that this is a slavery law. We referred to the law itself -- oh at first, I'd like to bring the Court's attention, there are some discrepancy in the briefs between us and the common law especially as to which laws are in essence. 20-58 is the evasion section under which this case particularly arose which makes it a criminal act to people who go outside the State to avoid the laws of Virginia to get married. Justice John M. Mr. Justice Hugo L.

“You’re Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl” by J.N.Salters The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in “the Black Community” “There’s a rapper, I’ve forgotten his name, he just did a video recently and on the call sheet for auditions, he literally stated “no dark-skinned women need apply.” Isn’t that something?” “Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty. During a recent dinner with two older black women, the subject of colorism found its way into our conversation, amongst chatter of romance, interracial dating, and graduate school. Upon hearing this, I unconsciously harkened back to my freshman year in college when this mahogany-toned “brother” brazenly informed me that he could never date me because I was “too dark,” but he would like to have sex with me. In that moment, I felt like Pecola Breedlove from Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, not actually desiring new eyes, but a new reality. I learned at a young age that hatred comes in many shades, even some that resemble your own. Like this: Like Loading... Related J.

Gradient Lair I have been called “racist” by White people whenever I specifically reject a legislative, political, media/film/art, or cultural manifestation of White supremacy. I’ve also been called “racist” for recounting any experience that I have had with racism. The actual act of naming what I heard or experienced is deemed “racist.” The naming, deconstruction and discussion of experiences of this nature is important, however. As Black feminist scholar Patricia Hill Collins notes: Naming daily life by applying language to everyday experience infuses it with the new meaning of a womanist consciousness. Apparently, what I actually heard or experienced is of no concern or consequence to Whites seeking to call Black people or other people of colour racist. There’s two reasons why Whites call people of colour (especially Black people) “racist.” Many times an insult is not occurring—it’s just a Black person adamantly rejecting White supremacy. Related Essay List: On Race…