Archive for July, 2010

A Race Talk with Grandpa

Posted in oakland on July 26, 2010 by jerlina

I just got back from visiting my grandparents and attempted my first conversation about being mixed with my grandpa who is ethnically Scottish Canadian. We’ve never spoken about race and even this conversation was muddled and indirect but what I got out of it was that he is absolutely clueless about race (like most white men seem to be) and that he loves me a whole bunch. I initiated the conversation by suggesting that it has been hard for me and my brother to be biracial because we have a hard time fitting in but he went on a long tangent about Collin Powell and black politics and it didn’t make much sense but I tried to follow this 94 year old man talk about a subject he knows nothing about. I will confess that he used the word gross in reference to biracialism but then later suggested that as people become more accepting of difference that there will be more people like me and Jewel (my brother). Ok, so he is inconsistent which was a relief. There I was, this dreadlocked brown skinned zen gardener trying to talk about race with my grandpa who was born a hundred years ago when racism was legal but inter-racial marriage wasn’t. Anyway, it was an event worth recording- our first talk about race. Wow.

Biracial Identity Development and Recommendations in Therapy

Posted in my theories about race that are true on July 23, 2010 by jerlina

Lately I’m a junky for all things psychological. I was looking for more information on multiple personality disorder and biracialism but couldn’t find anything. What I did find was this interesting article on psychotherapy and biracial identity development. Enjoy!

http://www.psychiatrymmc.com/biracial-identity-development-and-recommendations-in-therapy/

Two new Music Videos!

Posted in mixed media on July 22, 2010 by jerlina

My mom forwarded me this first video by Toussaint called “Be You” featuring a little mixed girl and her dad? singing a song encouraging her to “be you!” It’s sweet.

This video I found a while back when I was looking for artistic expression by vegans. So this guy- Benjamin Zephaniah is from London and is a vegan but the video features a mixed couple. Only in the UK, you’d never see something like this in the US.

Books for Mixed Kids

Posted in mixed media on July 17, 2010 by jerlina

I found this listmania on amazon, it is a list of picture books featuring multi-racial and trans racial families. Very cool:

http://amzn.com/l/2EZUL0WV894VA

Also, Michael Franti published a great book called What I Be which is totally cool and if my memory is correct the little boy in it is mixed.

Memories…

Posted in oakland on July 14, 2010 by jerlina

I do NOT miss having to comb my hair. What a nightmare.

Asked to Declare His Race, Obama Checks ‘Black’

Posted in mixed celebs, mixed media on July 14, 2010 by jerlina

Here is a link to the New York Times Article discussing Obama’s decision to not identify as mixed. Well what ever floats his boat but he’s not making it any easier for the rest of us.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/us/politics/03census.html

A post about me

Posted in oakland on July 14, 2010 by jerlina

here is a picture of me at work and old school pictures of my parents which decorate my alter. my mom is on the right, my dad is on the left, my brother is sitting on my dad’s lap.

Since this post is about me I’ll add a thought that has been twirling around my brain all day: there are different ways that we frame our sense of who we are- we have an “identity” in a sociological way, a “self” in a psychological way, we are “human beings” in an ecological way, we are “bodies” in a physiological way and I’m sure the list goes on and on and on. Well I live in a place where for the post part the common frame is the psychological self but clearly my sociological identity plays a huge role in my life too. For most mixed people. Anyway, I don’t have any conclusions, this was simply a rumination.