Archive for June, 2017

Whiteness

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2017 by jerlina

Oh whiteness, you are so sneaky. So quiet but always in the (biracial) room. Tonight I had the realization that white people are eerily silent on the issue of biracial identity and that it sure is difficult to define yourself as 1/2 white when no one seems to know what being white really is. Well, certainly there are books on whiteness, so I think I’ll look into those. After this realization, about the lack of white voices on this subject and the role that whiteness plays in the confusion over mixed race/ biracial identity, I googled all sorts of combinations pertaining to whiteness and biracials. in Meghan’s Elle article she gives a glimpse at her (white) dad’s perspective on the matter. Then I found this article and thread:

One Thing I Can’t Pass On to My Daughter: White Privilege

https://www.brainchildmag.com/2013/10/one-thing-i-cant-pass-on-to-my-daughter-white-privilege/

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How Multi-Ethnic People Identify Themselves

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2017 by jerlina

A new study shows that most people who are biracial self-identify as “biracial.” But in many instances, multi-ethnic Americans change the way they self-identify depending on who they’re talking with. The study was published in December in Social Psychology Quarterly..

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/20/132209189/how-multi-ethnic-people-identify-themselves

Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2017 by jerlina

Suits star Meghan Markle on creating her identity and finding her voice as a mixed race woman, Elle Magazine

This is definitely worth reading.

http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/news/a26855/more-than-an-other/

 

Passing as Black: How Biracial Americans Choose Identity

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2017 by jerlina

Hmm…

Passing as Black: How Biracial Americans Choose Identity

50 Years of Loving

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2017 by jerlina

Thew New York Times celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Loving decision, which legalized interracial marriage in all 50 states, by publishing this beautiful article. Thanks NYT.

 

 

Hollywood, I’m mad at you…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2017 by jerlina

So, I have rolled my eyes at the show Blackish for years, for one particular reason. This reason is that the majority of actors on the show are mixed race. It just seems so terribly racist to cast so many actors, in a show that explicitly focuses on black issues, that are mixed race. It is not as if there is a shortage of actors and actresses in Hollywood who phenotypically look more black AND who have two black parents. That said, this is so common in Hollywood. The most obvious example is when Zoe Saldana was cast to play Nina Simone. Come on, give me a break.

 

 

All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2017 by jerlina

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/08/25/455470334/all-mixed-up-what-do-we-call-people-of-multiple-backgrounds

 

Sorry to spoil this well written and researched article but it ends with:

“We’re both laughing when we say goodbye. Later, I turn back to my notes and realize, quietly, that I still have no answers.

But talking to my mom, doing all this research, hearing from historians who’ve devoted their entire careers to investigating these questions and still fumble when they’re asked “What are you?” — it’s had the welcome effect of allowing me to care a little less.”