Biracial Media

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2018 by jerlina

I watched this tonight, interesting but definitely with an east coast bias:


I haven’t watched this one yet but look forward to it:



Biracial Privilege

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2018 by jerlina

This is an amazing article about the “Loving Generation” or biracial (black/white) adults born between the late 60s-mid-80s. It is my generation! WOOOOT! Here are a few highlites:

“what did it mean about race and opportunity in the United States that many of the most celebrated black people in American cultural life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries happened to have been born to one white parent? What if my and my cohort’s achievements as African-Americans, especially in fields to which we historically had little access, were more about how we benefited from having one white parent in a racist society than our hard work?”

…But my early inquiries into the Loving Generation showed that people with one black-identified and one white-identified parent seem to be disproportionately represented among black leaders and luminaries. Are our achievements impossible to separate from the benefits that, in this country, have always come with whiteness?…

The common denominator in the Loving Generation wasn’t necessarily so much white proximity as white acceptance and, in many cases, familial love and close connection to white people. It seemed as if this could indeed have created real opportunities for us. It’s likely, for example, that Barack Obama was able to imagine himself as president not just because he saw himself reflected in the white people around him, but because they saw themselves reflected in him….

I knew, even as a young adult, that I moved among and around white people with relative ease, in a way that my blackness — and my own perception and self-consciousness of it — wasn’t at the foreground. What I didn’t know is whether that had something, or everything, to do with what I’d accomplished…

Black With (Some) White Privilege


NYT Article: What Biracial People Already Know

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2018 by jerlina

…What’s true of groups is also true for individuals. A small but growing body of research suggests that multiracial people are more open-minded and creative. Here, it’s worth remembering that Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, wasn’t only the nation’s first black president, he was also its first biracial president. His multitudinous self was, I like to think, part of what made him great — part of what inspired him when he proclaimed that there wasn’t a red or blue America, but a United States of America.

As a multiethnic person myself — the son of a Jewish dad of Eastern European descent and a Puerto Rican mom — I can attest that being mixed makes it harder to fall back on the tribal identities that have guided so much of human history, and that are now resurgent. Your background pushes you to construct a worldview that transcends the tribal.

You’re also accustomed to the idea of having several selves, and of trying to forge them into something whole. That task of self-creation isn’t unique to biracial people; it’s a defining experience of modernity. Once the old stories about God and tribe — the framing that historically gave our lives context — become inadequate, on what do we base our identities? How do we give our lives meaning and purpose?…


Curly Hair Links

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2018 by jerlina

Well it turns out social media is great for something… Connecting curly haired people!

Check out these two links to curley vloggers:

you’re welcome!


Black AND Biracial Article and Biracial Mental Health Blog Link

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2018 by jerlina

Two interesting links:

Biracial and Also Black (article on CNN)


A blog and link to articles about the mental health of multiracial people
most likely to suffer

Rejection to Activism

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2018 by jerlina

I have been applying to graduate schools in psychology and something interesting happened. I was particularly interested in enrolling in a school near where I live but I was I was getting the sense from them that how I racially identify was going to be a problem. They admit very few students of color and it seemed that they were looking for these students to have a very specific idea about race and racism. If you have read any part of this blog you are aware that I identify as black, multiracial, as a human, vegan, manifestation of consciousness, an ego etc. I am all of these things and more. I hold all of these identities at once and acknowledge that most of them are BS constructs and concepts that are manufactured by society and my own mind. I believe that this school was looking for something more specific from me: that I identify as a black woman and that this identity supersedes all of my other identities and experiences. Also, with this identity, I believe that they were expecting from me some hostility towards white people. However, to discover that I actually partially identify with white folks probably struck them as a sign of what they perceived to be my internalized racism. To them, I imagine, I am a sell out, self-hating, Uncle Tom.

This experience, of feeling rejected because of my choice to embrace all of me and my life experiences is not new. In fact, I know this experience very well. My refusal to align myself with one group or another has caused people to criticize and distance themselves from me since I was a freshman in college (which was a very long time ago). You might think that this is an something that I might be used to by now but I guarantee that it is not. It is a painful experience, however, I believe that it is one that all multiracial people experience. It is an experience that unites us.

What is disturbing about this experience is that, I believe, I am being denied a huge life opportunity (acceptance to their program) because of how I racially identify. Ironically, I am being denied something because of my race, by people who think that they are progressive. This is sad. This is also frustrating and enraging.

This makes me wonder, how many times have mixed race people modified how we identify and who we align ourselves with (and who we don’t) in order to be accepted by someone or some group? I wonder what this is doing to our collective psychological well being? This experience makes me want to become an activist for our cause. It makes me want to educate the world about this experience and to help those of us who feel forced to silence and suppress parts of ourselves. This is not fair, it is not healthy and it is not sustainable. I also do not think that this is the future.

Biracial Feelings

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2018 by jerlina

I have been having feelings about biracial folks and our place in this world. The feelings are basically this: biracial people (I am referring to half black/ half white folks) benefit from white privilege. Not only do we look white-ish, more often than not we feel comfortable socializing with white people and we adopt ‘white’ cultural norms. All of these are social privileges in our racist society that is white-cis male- dominated. So, I’ll cut to the chase: Obama, Drake and Meghan Markle. Ooooh I love these biracial people. But I want to point out that each one of these humans is half white and the amount of privilege that they have been awarded in life is, in part due, to this fact. So, it makes me feel uneasy when I hear people claiming Megan as ‘our black princess’ or I hear people proclaiming Drake as the king of hip hop. Call me racist, but something about this makes me feel uneasy. It makes me feel like they are passing as black and taking something away from the real struggle that black people face within our racist society. Drake, who was raised by his Jewish Canadian mother, is probably very comfortable in all white environments. This is an enormous privilege! Especially in the music industry. I feel like we should be acknowledging this privilege in some way, beyond ‘light skinned privilege’ which really does not account for the cultural/ social dimension.

I had this same feeling, that when biracial folks pass for black it takes away from black people, when I went to a welcome weekend for black admitted students at my college. Biracial students probably made up 1/3- 1/2 of the students there. This is so incredibly out of proportion to how many biracial people there are in the US. In this instance, we were literally taking seats, set aside by affirmative action, that were intended for black students. Ok, so this argument lack sophistication so let’s just call it a rant.

What I will finish with will hopefully make my point. Paris Jackson. This woman is white. Her father was not Michael Jackson. It only takes two eyeballs and a brain to come to this conclusion. However, she identifies as biracial. Ok, whatever. Anyway, what if this woman took an acting role designated for a black actress? Hmmm? Would this be a problem? Now, let me ask you, what if Rachel Dolezal took that role? Is she really any different than Paris Jackson?


One last thing: I went to see Black Panther with my mom. It was pretty good. I was keeping an eye out for randomly cast biracial characters and I saw one but she was a background character, which was still weird but at least they didn’t cast any biracial folks as main characters. Well, as it turned out, that almost happened but the actress, Amandla Stenberg decided to step aside because she felt that it would be wrong for her to take such a role. GO GIRL. This is integrity! She is quoted as saying:

“These are all dark-skinned actors playing Africans, and I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a bi-racial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same color as everyone else in the movie,” Stenberg said. “That was really challenging, to make that decision, but I have no regrets. I recognize 100 percent that there are spaces that I should not take up and when I do take up a space it’s because I’ve thought really, really critically about it and I’ve consulted people I really trust and it feels right.”

This right here… Thank you Amandla!