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Where is Home?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2018 by jerlina

Here are a few good quotes from an interesting essay ‘Being Biracial: Figuring Out Where is Home by Maya Gittelman
I encompass the oppressor and oppressed, the privileged and the disenfranchised.

I am mixed.

Specifically, I am mixed POC and white.


Disparate, dichotomous, dialectical in many important ways, my identities clash and coexist in every inch of my DNA, every bit of me woven with both.


To be mixed white and POC is to feel, in many ways, homeless.

To be mixed white and POC is to feel like the site of a battlefield sometimes.

However, it is still important to recognize that when we “pass,” despite the privileges we experience, we are confronting white supremacy and colorism. We as mixed white/POC individuals already often face alienation from our POC heritage. We already experience existing in the inbetween, the nonbelonging.

We mixed white/POC who pass as white are valid. We are unique, each of us. If you share this experience, embrace your identity, however best suits you. We contain multitudes. We are multifaceted, and the fears, desires, and hatred of the world reflects upon us. We are tangled, layered creatures.

https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/being-biracial/

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More on Biracial Privilege and More!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2018 by jerlina

I’m being lazy and posting this without reading this thoroughly. Sorry, but it is about a topic that I am increasingly interested in: biracial privilege.

https://hellogiggles.com/reviews-coverage/the-rachel-divide-privilege-biracial-black-woman/

And this is a link to articles on multiracial feminist experiences, very cool!
https://hellogiggles.com/originals/the-blend/

and this!

https://hellogiggles.com/author/nicole-adlman/

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Reggie Watts!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2018 by jerlina

This guy is so rad. And, of course because I’m posting about him, he’s biracial. Here’s an interview with him and a link to some of his work:

‘There’s always been this lingering question: is Reggie Watts a comedian or a musician?
I guess, in a weird way, I’ve never actually thought of this until now, which is really odd. I guess, in a way, I grew up mixed race: half white, half black. That question’s always been on my mind: what are you? Are you this or that? Are you a white dude or are you a black dude? In a strange way, music and comedy is kind of the same thing. I’m both. They’re just different modes of expression.’

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/reggie-watts-i-feel-that-i-need-to-make-something-more-substantial-234243/

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Zadie Smith, Key and Peele

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2018 by jerlina

Key and Peele are really funny. Sometimes, or usually, they take their skits way too far but that does not discount from how funny they are. Here is one of my new faves:

This is a link to an article written by Zadie Smith about this comic duo. Both men identify as biracial and she articulates how this affects the work that they do. It is a fantastic article, about them and about biracial identity.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/brother-from-another-mother

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Better Together

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2018 by jerlina

Apparently there is an ice cream company that thinks it is appropriate to sell a carton of ice cream that is half chocolate and half vanilla and call it ‘the Great divide.’ WTF. WWWWWHHHHHHTF. A mixed race family took it upon themselves to suggest an alternative name to the company ‘better together.’ That sounds a little more fitting but why racialize ice cream? Ughhh.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/06/21/blue-bell-ice-cream-the-great-divide/

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Identity!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 by jerlina

Being a White Student at a Historically Black College

https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/minority-reports-white-student-historically-black-college-hbcu/5adf5125f1cdb31ca5086c63?popular=15adf5125f1cdb31ca5086c63-1529508605533

Drake and Meghan on Twitter

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2018 by jerlina

I googled biracial on twitter. The tweets that surfaced were golden. Basically, the status of biracial people being categorized as black in some circumstances and not black in others is arising in a public way as people are criticizing Meghan for identifying as biracial (as opposed to black) and Drake claiming a black identity (but being criticized for really being biracial). Sounds like the making of insecure attachment to racial identity. Here are some of the tweets:

…the larger contextual issue with Drake in blackface that i think Pusha T brough to the surface (i think, unintentionally) is LESS about blackface, and i think more about our community’s feeling towards biracial individuals and their relationship to their blackness…

essentially, who gets to do what, who gets a pass to do and say certain things, who is “supposed” to defer to others with regards to conversations entailing race and identity politics/issues, so on and so forth…

the idea presumably being, if this was Pusha T in blackface, wouldnit be as jarring? would the conversation be as nuanced? my immediate answer is no. we love Drake. the underbelly of that love is some i think have always questioned his “blackness” and potential leveraging of it.

unfortunately, i feel like someone’s blackness becomes a point of contention and becomes open for questioning when said individual is biracial. “are you black enough?” both in context of actual skin color and just from a hereditary standpoint.

very subjective, incredibly vague and consistently grey and ever-changing.

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Just gonna come out and say this. Y’all are really not consistent with who’s biracial and which mixed people are black to you 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

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😂 so biracial (black and white ) people are not black now ? The one drop of black blood rule doesn’t make a different anymore ? When did this change ? White People changed the rules ? Damn, I bish cant choose sides if they are mixed. Humans are soo confusing