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A mixed race high born helps end slavery in England

A mixed race high born helps end slavery in England | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
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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Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America

Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


The country is slowly becoming more like a "rainbow," according to a new book by Paul Taylor and Pew Research called "The Next America".


Taylor is also author of "Diversity Explosion" where he explains the need for (im)migrants for the U.S. 


 

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Defining Mixed


These groups are all mixed in their heritage.


  1. Hispanic people are mixed by definition. Hispanic is not a race and Latin American countries have not had anti-miscegenation laws like the U.S. Most Latinos are part Amerindian mixed with some part(s) Spanish / Portuguese / Black. 
  2. Black people have been mixed with others since the founding of the U.S., sometimes by choice and sometimes by force (enslavement rape). Compare the common skin tone of African-Americans to the common skin tone of Africans from Africa. 
  3. Asian people have been mixing with others since anti-miscegenation laws have been abolished in the U.S.  
  4. Other people includes Native American (1%) and Mixed people. 
  5. White people are often mixed with ‘5 shades of White’, or they are White Latino, or they are  ‘One drop of color / ‘passing as White’, aka 1/16th of color. White is not counted as White when mixed with people of color, which accounts for the decline in White numbers over time. The other reason the numbers for White drop is because Europeans no longer immigrate to the U.S. at any where near the same rate of other groups. European countries tend to provide good health care coverage and tend to have lower gun violence. For example, in the U.K. the routine patrol officers do not carry guns.

The Numbers

Intermarriage among people of different races is increasingly common. In 1980, just 7% of all marriages in the U.S. were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity.  In 2010, that share has doubled to 15% of all new marriages in the U.S. Hispanics (26%) and Asians (28%) were most likely to “marry out,” compared with 9% of whites and 17% of blacks. - Pew Research

 

Marrying Out


If two people of mixed heritage marry, does Pew Research count that as an intermarriage?

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jada_chace's curator insight, April 6, 10:15 AM

This shows that our country is allowing more ethnicity and race to enter the country. We our having changes in our population as well as having ethnic groups grow. Having ethnic groups can allow America to continue to grow and become developing country. ~JConner

Roman M's curator insight, April 20, 12:12 PM

This article shows the changing and which majority races are increasing and decreasing. Whites are the largest race in America right now and Hispanic should be increasing on a huge scale. Whites are decreasing comparatively to Hispanics. Asians and Blacks are also increasing slowly. We might see very soon that whites are not the majority race in America.

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Marissa Johnson

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Marissa Janae Johnson (1991?- ), a Black American civil rights leader, is a founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapter in Seattle. She is best known nationally for stopping Bernie Sanders from giving a speech in Seattle on August 8th 2015.


Bernie Sanders
 is the most “progressive” (liberal or left-leaning) of those running for US president. He is a White senator from the second Whitest state in the nation. As Johnson rightly notes, he is a class reductionist, making policies that address issues of class in place of race.


Sanders had been interrupted by BLM protesters before
. On July 18th at aNetroots Nation gathering in Arizona, they challenged him and fellow presidential candidate Martin O’Malley to make public their policies on structural racism. O’Malley did that a few days later. Sanders did not.


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She now sees it as her duty to make people uncomfortable about living in a racist society.

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Issa Rae

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by Abagond


Issa Rae Diop (1985- ), better known as Issa Rae, is a Black American television producer, writer and director. She is best known for “Awkward Black Girl” (2011), which went viral on YouTube a few years back. She is now working on the television show “Insecure” for HBO, still in development. The main character is loosely based on her.


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At White private schools she stood out because she was Black. At Black and Latino public schools she was mocked for acting too “White”.


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White People | Official Full Documentary | MTV

What does it mean to be white? MTV’s ‘White People’ is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today. The film follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, as he travels across the country to get this complicated conversation started. ‘White People’ asks what’s fair when it comes to affirmative action, if colorblindness is a good thing, what privilege really means, and what it’s like to become the “white minority” in your neighborhood. For more information on ‘White People,’ and to join the conversation, head to race.lookdifferent.org

Community Village Sites's insight:

To understand Mixed American Live it helps to understand what it means to be White.


#Whiteness

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Sometimes Saying "My Birthmom Didn't Want Me" Is an Adoptee's Coping Mechanism

Sometimes Saying "My Birthmom Didn't Want Me" Is an Adoptee's Coping Mechanism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"When you're adopted, at some level, your story is defined by a person who did not want you. Not wanting you may have been defined by wanting the best for you — in fact, most of the time it is." - ...
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Another Online Dating Success! Yes; They Met on AfroRomance. - Beyond Black & White

Another Online Dating Success! Yes; They Met on AfroRomance. - Beyond Black & White | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
I’ve been telling you guys about my friend, Silue, a first generation Chinese American man who has a preference for black women. He’s had mixed success–one tragic relationship resulted in his mother not wanting any part of it. And then there’s even more extreme cases I’ve heard of like one mom threatening to commit suicide if …

Via Tonya Braddox
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I always wonder about these very specific datting sites. I co-worker is trying them and finding there is a community who use these sites.

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Silicon Valley Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

The mayors of Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, Fremont, and East Palo Alto come together to talk about the important impact immigrants have had on their cit...
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Multiracial Family Man Ep. 20 - Santana Dempsey, guest

Multiracial Family Man Ep. 20 - Santana Dempsey, guest | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
On Episode 20 of The Multiracial Family Man Podcast, host Alex Barnett (the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman who converted to Judaism and the father of a 3 year-old, Biracial son) is joined by guest, adoption and mixed race advocate, actress Santana Dempsey (http://www.santanadempsey.com/ ).
A University of Missouri alumnus, Santana is a veteran of New York City's Primary Stages, INTAR, Soho Rep, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Carnegie Hall. She also wrote and starred in the critically
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GREAT INTERVIEW!


Santana is so honest, smart and passionate. She's a dynamo with amazing stories to tell and the skills to do it with flying colors.


And Alex is a great interviewer. He asks all the questions you want to ask and even some you haven't thought to ask. He's as good as Terry Gross and I love Terry Gross.

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A Conversation Defining Transracial Adoption with Anderson Cooper (CNN)

A Conversation Defining Transracial Adoption with Anderson Cooper (CNN) | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Earlier this week I, along with 21 other adoptee’s, adoption professionals and activists joined together to write An Open Letter: Why Co-opting “Transracial” in the Case of Rachel Dolezal is Problematic. The result was a media blitz, helping to define the word transracial. I was interviewed by the New York TimesWashington Post and International Business Times, as well as other outlets who supported adoptees in our desire to reclaim the integrity of this word.


View my conversation with Anderson Cooper here.

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How Rachel Dolezal Just Made Things Harder for Those of Us Who Don't "Look Black"

How Rachel Dolezal Just Made Things Harder for Those of Us Who Don't "Look Black" | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Because I appear white to most people, I already get asked the dumbest questions you can imagine about race. Now it’s only going to get worse.
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Is It Better To Be Mixed Race? [VIDEO]

Aarathi Prasad sets out to challenge the science of racial purity and examines provocative claims that there are in fact biological advantages to being mixed race.
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Mixed Kids Roundtable: The Politics of Multiracialism and Identity [AUDIO]

We were joined in this edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! by a roundtable of panelists for a discussion of the politics of multiracialism and identity. We talked about the film Dear White People and more generally about the history of multiracial identities and the politics of popular culture representation of those identities, and bunch more!

Several of our music selections came from THIS LIST by J-Zone.

Get all the other shows you've missed and much more at imixwhatilike.org!
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Voices of Multiracial Americans - Pew Research

Voices of Multiracial Americans - Pew Research | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
How some in America's growing demographic view race, identity, relationships and the future.
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Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story

Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further. I have kept silent at the advice of friends and mentors, but I will do so no longer.


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Mixed Remixed Festival Live Event & Storyteller's Prize Presentation

June 2015: The annual Mixed Remixed Festival Live Event & Storyteller's Prize Presentation featuring Donn T, Kaia, Aaron Samuels, Willy Wilkinson & Alex Barnett. Prize honorees: comedian Al Madrigal, writer Jamie Ford, and also Honey Maid. Celebrating stories of the Mixed and multiracial experience through films, books, and performance. www.mixedremixed.org

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When the oppressed turn into oppressors: Parenting & internalised racism

When the oppressed turn into oppressors: Parenting & internalised racism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Article by Guilaine Kinouani


Excerpts selected by Glenn Robinson

The privilege of being lighter skinned


I am a lighter skinned Black woman. I am light enough to benefit from shadism but dark enough to still be accepted as Black. A uniquely privileged position. Throughout my upbringing I have received messages in my environment that this made me more desirable, more worthy, and/or more significant than my darker skinned counterparts. These messages were both covert and overt and articulated in the home and outside the home, at school, in the media etc… Pretty much everywhere.  There is no doubt that I was, at times, spoken to in kinder voices or treated with more patience than my darker skinned peers or sisters by both people of colour and by White people, all things being equal.  In time, I have learnt that my femininity and womanhood would be more easily accepted.


Parenting and internalised racism


...in our efforts to compensate for racism, we socialise children into injustice, compliance and complicity and instil a sense of inferiority in them. In doing so we may limit children’s scope to be themselves. We may reduce our capacity to respond to them with compassion and kindness. We may attend to stereotypes of what our children could be or could be seen as, rather than attending to them as unique persons. In a nutshell, we may contribute to racism’s self-fulfilling prophecies, perpetuate racial inequalities and more worryingly, may increase their risk of psychological  distress.


The perpetuation of oppression is everyone’s business


  • Internalising racism is adaptive. It is no pathology.
     
  • The construction of reality is controlled by the dominant group and circulated throughout society
     
  • those who are oppressed come to internalise the dominant group’s interests as their own
     
  • the interests of the oppressors are presented as actually reflecting everyone’s best interests...
     
  • the construction of a superior class is dependent upon the existence of an inferior one.
     
     
  • double bind: Be like us to be human. Trying to be like us is evidence that you are not human. 

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Many pearls of wisdom in this article!


Note: Parents of all colors can have internalized racism and bias.

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Ep. 23 - Susan Graham of Project RACE

Ep. 23 - Susan Graham of Project RACE | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

On Episode 23 of The Multiracial Family Man Podcast, host Alex Barnett (the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman who converted to Judaism and the father of a 3 year-old, Biracial son) is joined by guest, Susan Graham, the founder of Project RACE (http://www.projectrace.com/). 


Listen as Susan talks about her youth in Detroit, her interracial marriage, and raising biracial, Jewish children.  Susan then discusses how her experience of being forced to "check a box" on census forms led her to create Project RACE, which advocates for multiracial families and is leading the charge for identifying marrow donors for those who are multiracial.


For more on host, Alex Barnett, please check out his website: www.alexbarnettcomic.com or visit him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alexbarnettcomic) or on Twitter at @barnettcomic

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Mixed Nation: We Are One Tour & Documentary

Mixed Nation: We Are One Tour & Documentary | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
We will travel across country in search of beautifully blended stories while spreading our positive, multicultural movement!
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I met the founder at Mixed Remixed this year. He's a stand up guy. Please support him and his project.

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Misty Copeland

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Misty Copeland (1982- ), an American classical ballet dancer, in 2015 became the first Black American woman ever to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). That makes her one of the top ballerinas at one of the top classical ballet companies in the world! Mikhail Baryshnikov was a principal at ABT.


In the US, ballet is mainly seen as a White thing. Accordingly, many assume that rail-thin White women make the best ballerinas. But, as Copeland herself has shown, that comes from prejudice, not from the demands of the art.


Copeland did not start ballet till age 13. Many professionals start at age three. Yet she could do in months what took most girls years of practice.


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Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i

Paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara explore the artists’ mixed-heritage roots in Okinawa and Hawai‘i, employing unique strategies that blend fiction and reality to question the stability of memory and identity. In this video, they discuss their families, identity, and their art.

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‘A Conversation With White People on Race’ [VIDEO]

‘A Conversation With White People on Race’ [VIDEO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

By BLAIR FOSTER and MICHÈLE STEPHENSON


Why do so many white people find it extremely uncomfortable to talk about race? Setting out to make the next installment of our Op-Doc video series about race in America, we hoped to address that question. Because we live in New York, where there is no shortage of opinions, we didn’t think it would be too hard to find white people willing to speak publicly on this topic. We were wrong.
 

...when we dug a bit deeper, the discussion gets tense, and visibly uncomfortable.


With this Op-Doc video, we’ve attempted to lean into that discomfort and prompt some self-reflection. We are all part of this system, and therefore we all have a responsibility to work toward dismantling it. If we’re going to have an honest conversation about race in America, that includes thinking — and talking — about what it means to be white in America. It might be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that must involve all of us.

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The system the authors are referring to is probably the system of disenfranchisement and oppression held up by what Dr. Martin Luther King called the Doctrine of White Supremacy. 


Anyone can believe in the Doctrine of White Supremacy; a doctrine that believes that White is right and worthy and that people of color are undeserving of equal opportunities and equal humane treatment.


We see inequality play out in the way immigration laws are written to favor the highly educated, while (im)migrants in labor and agriculture are demonized.

We also see that the U.S. will not offer universal single payer health care - as if all humans do not deserve equal treatment by the health care industry. 


And we see the prison industrial complex incarcerate disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latino people; and the military industrial complex recruit disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latino people. 

And we see disproportionately high numbers of killings of unarmed Black and Latino people by the police. 

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The Media Is Doing Exactly What Rachel Dolezal's Abusive Homeschooling Parents Want

The Media Is Doing Exactly What Rachel Dolezal's Abusive Homeschooling Parents Want | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"Every time we go after Rachel, we are doing exactly what her abusive parents want."
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The 100% Mixed Show #011 - Thomas Lopez, Kiyoshi Houston, Ken Tanabe

Thomas Lopez and Kiyoshi Houston talk to us about MASC, a mixed community organization that reaches out to families and educates children on bullying and identity. Ken Tanabe is founder of Loving Day a celebration multiracial relationships and overcome racism. Really fun episode!

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And So the Search Begins: What's the Trouble? Part 2

And So the Search Begins: What's the Trouble? Part 2 | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

By Michel Beller

(Above:   My beautiful parents on their wedding day, 1958: another black-white marriage, 150 years later, when it was still illegal to “miscegenate” in 16 states)


I chose, as the title for this book, The Trouble with Virginia, because it fits so perfectly. Virginia is my great-great grandmother’s name.  She was born in Virginia. Of a white father and a black mother living openly as husband and wife in the South, in 1830. Plenty of trouble there–need I say more? Imagine navigating a world, a society, a culture such as what mixed-race Virginia (and others like her) must have encountered.


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▶ What's Radical About "Mixed Race"? [VIDEO] with Professor Ann Morning

From Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

"On April 20, 2015, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU hosted "What's Radical About 'Mixed Race'?". Eschewing an apolitical “celebration” of mixed race, this panel examined the movement’s implications for multiracial coalition and the future of race in the US and Canada, asking: does the multiracial movement challenge—or actually reinforce—the logics of structural racism?"


From Steven Riley


"Minelle Mahtani critically located how an apolitical and ahistorical Canadian “model multiracial” upholds the multicultural claims of the Canadian settler state.

Jared Sexton called to task multiracial activists who leverage a mixed race identity in opposition to those who are “all black, all the time.”


A roundtable conversation moderated by Ann Morning (NYU Department of Sociology) followed."



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Get your popcorn and your drink. Video is 1 hour 17 minutes.

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