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The trouble with 'passing' for another race/sexuality/religion …

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Koa Beck: The broadening of the definition historically used for those of mixed-race who 'passed' as white exposes the power of privilege
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Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family: Claudio Saunt: 9780195313109: Amazon.com: Books

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Tangled Roots Mixed Race and Multiracial stories

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The site of Tangled Roots project, to document the lives of mixed race and multi-racial people and families in Yorkshire
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Haiti History 101: Haiti's Role in Saving Jewish Families During the Holocaust - Kreyolicious.com

Haiti History 101: Haiti's Role in Saving Jewish Families During the Holocaust - Kreyolicious.com | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Did you know that Haiti was instrumental in saving the lives of several dozens families of Jewish descent as they Read More...
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Thanksgiving Conundrum

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"Justin Petrone, like me, is a mixed race person with Native American ancestry, although unlike me, initially, he never thought of himself in those terms.  I’ve always known and since I was a child, self-identified myself in that way.  Like me, Justin has spent years searching for his elusive ancestors, more often than not, hidden in the mists of time with only suggestions of who their ancestors are by words on tax lists and census records like “free person of color.”


Most of the time, Native people were transparent, until they became at least “civilized” enough to be counted on the census, or taxed or they did something else to bring them into the white man’s realm.  More recently, Justin and others like us have been able to confirm, or deny, that heritage via DNA testing.  So even if we don’t know exactly who our ancestor is, we are positive THAT our Native heritage is real.  In some cases, through DNA testing we can learn which of our ancestral lines is Native."


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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Franklin sits alone on the long side of the table. 
There are no Latino characters in Charlie Brown cartoons. There are no Asian characters in Charlie Brown cartoons. 
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Community Village's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:50 PM


I suspect Charles Schulz lived in a segregated neighborhood like most Americans. 

Even through Asians now often live in European-American majority neighborhoods, when these cartoons were made, the Asian population was still low from the legacy of the Asian Exclusion actand Chinese Exclusion Act

I don't understand why Charles Schulz excluded Latinos. He lived in California so he knew Latinos existed.
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Chinwa: The Untold Story of Chinese-Haitians - Kreyolicious.com

Chinwa: The Untold Story of Chinese-Haitians - Kreyolicious.com | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
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24,000-Year-Old Body Shows Kinship to Europeans and American Indians

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"The genome of the boy indicates that Europeans reached farther east across Eurasia than previously assumed, and that Native Americans may be descended from a mix of Western Europeans and East Asians."


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How Diversity Will Alter Black History 

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(The Root)—“All American history has always been multiracial, at least certainly since the early 1600s,” Blackmon told The Root. “It’s not a question of whether there has been a multiracial history, but whether it’s been acknowledged or specifically understood."

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Tonya Braddox's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:41 PM

Yes, multiracials have been a part of American history for a very long time.  Yes, we need to continue to explore and document our people's experiences.  But, to say that we will stop talking about race, racism, and the system of slavery when we are all light brown ignores the deep and complex way in which we've been socialized to perceive ourselves through the eyes of others.  The author says, "you'll see." Yes, "we'll see" that the future light-browns of America will ask similar questions as to their identities and cultures.  It is a human act to want to know who we are, where we come from, and why someone looks slightly different from us. (This is how we explore our world.)  I think the questions will always be there and how we choose to answer these questions will determine if we truly value ourselves and those we encounter.  Let's work towards a post racist society.  I seriously doubt that we will ever have a post racial society.  

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'Belle' rises above race, speaks to the heart

'Belle' rises above race, speaks to the heart | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Born out of wedlock and of mixed race, Belle's artistocratic upbringing defies the conventions of 18th century slave era England.
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Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations

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Our friends at Abroad in the Yard wrote an interesting article back in December 2011 about Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations. As you’re probably aware, the migration of people, their ethnicity an...
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Blake Welborn's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:22 PM

Great article about ancient migrations and the people who migrated

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:51 PM

This map shows where the Native Americans have migrated in the United States over along period of time. The interesting aspect about this map is that they did not migrate in one particular place. They migrated all over the south, east, west and north of the country.

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Review: The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing

Review: The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

In summary, this book does an excellent job at getting readers to revisit their own perceptions of race, whether they consider themselves mixed race or not. The categorization and labels that we use to describe us have a confusing and sometimes bright,sometimes painful history that we need to share in order to have a brighter future. You will need your “thinking cap” on because the book uses college-level vocabulary and historical anecdotes, but your mind will be blown away by the complexity behind even the simplest answers involving identity, love, and society.

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abigail's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:29 PM

over time many men have understood that America is made by all types of men and by all races and ethnicities. they have formed a great part in americas history both early and old history.

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The Forgotten People: Cane River's Creoles of Color: Gary B. Mills, Mills, Elizabeth Shown

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Donna Bailey Nurse: Addressing mixed race in literature | CBC Books | CBC Radio

Donna Bailey Nurse: Addressing mixed race in literature | CBC Books | CBC Radio | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Throughout February and March, literary journalist, teacher and author Donna Bailey Nurse will be blogging for CBC Books about black Canadian writers and their important works.
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Stanford historian re-examines practice of racial 'passing'

Stanford historian re-examines practice of racial 'passing' | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Stanford history Professor Allyson Hobbs uncovers stories long kept hidden: those of African Americans who passed as white, from the late 18th century to the present.
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Reporter Charlie LeDuff Discovers His Black History

I returned to Michigan as a reporter after being away for nearly 20 years. When I was a boy, was taught almost nothing about the history of the African-Ameri...
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Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism

Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

It takes a clear head to drill into the bedrock of history, especially when that history contains some pretty atrocious acts. Lucky for us, Stephen Fry is up to the task.

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(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race: A Review and Reflection

(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race: A Review and Reflection | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Yaba Blay’s (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race (2014) is a beautiful, first-hand look at the true complexities surrounding the ways in which societies and peoples racialize one another and the w...
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The Butler: Films exposes history of racial segregation at the White House

The Butler: Films exposes history of racial segregation at the White House | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
REVIEWS have been somewhat mixed but audiences love it and Barack Obama was reduced to tears when he saw it.
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Jean Toomer's Conflicted Racial Identity

Jean Toomer's Conflicted Racial Identity | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
He probably wanted to live as he pleased, outside the strictures of segregation; to be judged as a writer for his talents alone. And who can blame him?
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Ancestor of Native Americans in Asia was 30% "Western Eurasian"

Ancestor of Native Americans in Asia was 30% "Western Eurasian" | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The complete genome has recently been sequenced from 4 year old Russian boy who died 24,000 years ago near Lake Baikal in a location called Mal’ta, the area in Asia believed to be the origin of the...
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‘The Red And The White’ And The Stories That Follow

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"The Red and the White". A new history of interracial marriage and massacre in the old American West
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A mixed race high born helps end slavery in England

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Belle follows the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race woman that grew up a world where she was neither a slave or a free woman.
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