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Search through own heritage leads evangelist to story about enslaved mixed-race pastor

Search through own heritage leads evangelist to story about enslaved mixed-race pastor | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
“All of a sudden I didn’t know who I was,” Tippit said during an interview at a local coffee shop. “I have fair skin and blue eyes, but my bloodline is a mixture of English, Native American and African.”“I did an ethnic background testing and basically came up with (that) I am 1/32nd African,” Tippit said. “I have sub-Saharan African DNA.“I should have been classified as a colored person — not as a white person,” Tippit said with a smile. “By law, I should not have been allowed to attend Istrouma High School because (then) it was segregated.”Baton Rouge schools were officially desegregated in 1965, the year Tippit graduated, according to school district officials."Click through to read more.
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The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America

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

Graphic based on Pew Research article “The Next America”

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

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). 
  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?


Genocide or Population Control

  • Amerindians used to make up 100% of the Americas. Now the U.S. is only 1% Native American.
  • Black population is only expected to grow by 1% in 50 years. Mass-incarceration is removing Black people during the prime of their life, the time when most people are starting families. And police and vigilantes are killing Black people at the rate of 1 every 28 hours, and sometimes more frequently.
  • Asians were murdered by White people during the gold rush and also excluded from entering the U.S. between 1882 and 1965.
  • Latinos were lynched by White people during the gold rush.
  • Murdered by police Amerindian, Black, and Latino people are murdered by police more than other groups
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Should Loving Day Be a National Holiday?

Should Loving Day Be a National Holiday? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
June 12 is Loving Day, marking the Supreme Court ruling legalizing interracial marriage. Find out about efforts to make this a national holiday
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Cannes feels the love for 'Loving,' film on SCOTUS case that ended interracial marriage ban

Cannes feels the love for 'Loving,' film on SCOTUS case that ended interracial marriage ban | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Some of the first audiences to see "Loving" are immediately declaring it an Academy Award contender.
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Loving Day Celebration NYC 2016

Loving Day Celebration NYC 2016 | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - Loving Day presents Loving Day Celebration NYC 2016 - Saturday, June 11, 2016 at SolarOne, New York, NY. Find event and ticket information.
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Karen Hunter Presents: Race!

"Karen Hunter Presents: Race! Shaun King, Kitt Shapiro, Sil Lai Abrams, Laura Coates, and Dr. Alan Goodman have one of the most compelling discussions about race ever had on SiriusXM."

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David Bowie: China Girl

David Bowie: China Girl | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Remarks: My favourite David Bowie song. In 1983 it went to #10 on the US pop chart and #2 in Britain. It is his remake of the 1977 Iggy Pop song of the same name that they wrote together in a castle in France. Nile Rodgers produces, Stevie Ray Vaughn plays lead guitar. The video…
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How I Learned about the One-Drop Rule: Tish

TISH: "I learned about the one-drop rule my freshman year of college when I took my first Black experience class. I think that was when the light bulb wen
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Prince's Wife Mayte Talks Life with Prince & Introduces the Video "The One" Featuring Both

...............the rest of the show was blocked worldwide
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Sonia Sanchez

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1934- , Birmingham , AL Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. 

 

Sanchez has lectured at more than five hundred universities and colleges in the United States and had traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977, and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999. She lives in Philadephia.

 

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RIP Prince: A World Lit Up In Purple

RIP Prince: A World Lit Up In Purple | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

A world awash in Purple

 

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*crying* This is beautiful >> RIP Prince: A World Lit Up In Purple 

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The problem with race-based medicine | Dorothy Roberts

Social justice advocate and law scholar Dorothy Roberts has a precise and powerful message: Race-based medicine is bad medicine. Even today, many doctors still use race as a medical shortcut; they make important decisions about things like pain tolerance based on a patient's skin color instead of medical observation and measurement. In this searing talk, Roberts lays out the lingering traces of race-based medicine — and invites us to be a part of ending it. "It is more urgent than ever to finally abandon this backward legacy," she says, "and to affirm our common humanity by ending the social inequalities that truly divide us."

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San Francisco State investigates confrontation over white student’s dreadlocks

San Francisco State investigates confrontation over white student’s dreadlocks | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
From Yahoo News: San Francisco State University is investigating an on-campus incident in which a black woman confronted a white man for wearing dreadlocks.
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Help me understand this.

 

What I thought I understood was that making fun of a culture is what's clearly wrong. In other words, dressing up as another culture for a laugh or for Halloween.

 

If a person wears their hair any given way, mohawk, dreadlocs, up, down, permed, or straightened - that seems like a fair choice in today's multiculture and mixed world.

 

If we start to police dreadlocs, where do we stop?

 

Couldn't we then also debate suntan lotion, colored contacts, and every piece of clothing.

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Jinn- A Narrative Film About Identity, Islam & First Love

Nijla Baseema Mu'min is raising funds for Jinn- A Narrative Film About Identity, Islam & First Love on Kickstarter!

A shape-shifting, pepperoni- loving, black teenage instagram celebrity converts to Islam. Here’s what happens.
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How I Learned about the One-Drop Rule: Thomas (Part 1)

This is PART 1 of a 2-part response to our question: When was the first time you learned about the one-drop rule? Thomas Lopez is President of MAS
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#LovingDay petition could make June 12 a federal observance

#LovingDay petition could make June 12 a federal observance | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Tanabe launched a petition to make Loving Day, celebrated on June 12 in honor of the decision date of Loving v. Virginia, a federal observance.
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Today Marks 25 Years Since 'Jungle Fever' Hit The Silver Screen

Today Marks 25 Years Since 'Jungle Fever' Hit The Silver Screen | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Spike Lee's landmark film helped launch the careers of Halle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson while investigating taboos surrounding Black-and-White interracial relationships.
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The Race Question Sucks for Mixed-Race People 

The Race Question Sucks for Mixed-Race People  | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


There has been a bit of an uproar in Brighton & Hove because children as young as four, are being given the option to leave the gender section on their Primary School application blank if they don’t identify with being strictly male or female.

This has reminded me of how I have often wanted to leave Ethnic Minority Forms blank because I don’t identify with any of the options laid out.  Ticking ‘Other’ like I’m something indescribable is the only box that works for me.

My heritage is Indian/Italian so why not tick the ‘White/Asian’ box?  Well, it doesn’t feel correct, as the term ‘White’ is so vague in terms of describing my Italian side.  And Asian could be Japanese or Korean which are both completely different from being Indian.

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Multiracial family mom, Obama neighbor, and former dancer, Keesha Beckford, Ep. 34 from Multiracial Family Man

Multiracial family mom, Obama neighbor, and former dancer, Keesha Beckford, Ep. 34 from Multiracial Family Man | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Listen to Multiracial Family Man episodes free, on demand. Ep. 34: Keesha Beckford is a former dancer, who turned to writing as her creative outlet when she became a mom.  It has turned into a successful second career as the creator and writer behind Mom's New Stage, a blog about Keesha's own multiracial family, featuring herself (an African-American woman), her husband (a White man), and their two terrific kids (a biracial boy and girl who are starting to experience and understand the complex issues of race and racism).  Check it out here: http://www.momsnewstage.com/p/about.html Listen, as Keesha describes her journey from Queen, New York to Princeton University to dance as a profession to becoming a mom and the journey that took her and her family from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, to Chicago, where they are now the Obamas' neighbors.  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 To subscribe to the Multiracial Family Man, please click here: MULTIRACIAL FAMILY MAN PODCAST   Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons - By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Listen to over 40,000 radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android and PC. Discover the best of news, entertainment, comedy, sports and talk radio on demand with Stitcher Radio.
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War Brides Of Japan (pre-production trailer)

"arrigatou gozaimashita for watching this pre-production trailer--a glimpse at the feature-length documentary we are making. the finished film will include interviews with former Japanese war brides and their families across America and Japan, as well as photoshopped family and archived stills. we're also in the process of hiring a cinematographer and audio engineer.

our crowd-funding campaign will launch soon, but if you'd like to make a donation now, we have an affiliate blog at Watermelon Sushi World at http://www.watermelonsushiworld.blogspot dot com. follow the link to PayPal in the upper right-hand corner of the page."

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Multiracial Family Man: On being Afro-Latina, transracial adoption by White farmers, coping with tragic accidents and physical disability, and writing a memoir, with author Lorie Tensen, Ep. 64

Multiracial Family Man:  On being Afro-Latina, transracial adoption by White farmers, coping with tragic accidents and physical disability, and writing a memoir, with author Lorie Tensen, Ep. 64 | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Ep. 64: Lorie Tensen is an author. She's also "bionic." It's not hard to see why. Having been dealt a number of challenges in life, she's rebuilt herself stronger than ever before. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 7, 1966. The result of an affair between a married, Black detective and a foreigner: a woman from Honduras. Seven months later, she was adopted into a White, Dutch family and raised in a small, farming community two hours west of the Twin Cities. At the age of 12, Lorie suffered a terrible accident, resulting in the loss of her right hand and lower arm. This led to years of grappling with her own self-image and self-esteem. Later in life, she struggled through college, where her racial background set her apart. Then, she was a single mom working hard to make ends meet. She later married, but the marriage ended in divorce, and Lorie found herself struggling again. But, by focusing on her passion, on raising her kids, and on her goal of giving back, she found herself on the right career path. Hers in an inspirational story, and you can read about it in her memoir: "Taking My Hand Out of My Pocket" available here: http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Hand-Out-My-Pocket/dp/0692266054 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 To subscribe to the Multiracial Family Man, please click here: MULTIRACIAL FAMILY MAN PODCAST Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons - By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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I screamed out loud twice during this podcast. 

 

The meat grinder was horrific, but the comment stating that an Afro-Latino would not want to go to a college that had Black people, that comment cuts deep

 

*crying*

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Yuna - Crush ft. Usher

Music video by Yuna performing Crush. (C) 2016 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. http://vevo.ly/7ISito
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Prince’s ex-fiancée Sheila E. speaks out on his death

Prince’s ex-fiancée Sheila E. speaks out on his death | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
“It’s unreal. It’s surreal. I miss him dearly,” Sheila E. said.
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Multiracial Asian Families: "Passing" "Presenting" & the Troubled Language of Mixed Race

Multiracial Asian Families: "Passing" "Presenting" & the Troubled Language of Mixed Race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

By Sharon H. Chang

 

We use "passes" and "presents" as if multiracial individuals have full say and control over their racialization. When they don't at all. Could I work to pass as white? Yes. But would it work? Maybe. It all depends on the reader. Meaning this: we only pass when others let us pass. Full agency does not rest with individuals. Similarly when we say someone "presents as" we imply the person is choosing that presentation. Sometimes that's true. But sometimes that's not true. For example I often hear adults describe multiracial children as young as infancy as "white presenting." How in the world is a child less than a year old presenting their race at all? Who is actually presenting their race? WE are. When we assign a description. Regardless of whether the assessment is true, why aren't we saying "I read the child as white" which claims accountability rather than asserting our perception on someone else and insinuating they made that decision on their own?

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A detailed and powerful article on who is defining mixed people and the dangers in exclusion. 

 

Also talks about power dynamics that adults have over children and warns about taking away the child's agency to define themselves. 

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A conversation on what it means to be mixed race

A conversation on what it means to be mixed race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The last Census report taken in 2010 showed that the population identifying themselves as multi-racial grew by 32% over the census in 2000.
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My friend and LEADING intellectual on Mixed Race and social justice Sharon H Chang has made it to TV!

 

In this short video she provides a solid foundation on the topic that will enable us to jump start the conversation and find the courage to speak about what so long has been kept out of the spotlight.

 

At the end of the video you will see the power of a good question. The simplest questions can steer us to the light.

 

Kudos Sharon!

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Multiracial Asian Families: [VIDEO] Raising Mixed Race @ Kinokuniya Seattle

Multiracial Asian Families: [VIDEO] Raising Mixed Race @ Kinokuniya Seattle | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
by Sharon H. Chang

On Saturday afternoon, March 5, 2016 we held the first unbelievable Raising Mixed Race book signing at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Seattle's International District. I say "we" because I was very intentional in organizing the event. I wanted it to be not just about me - but about community and centering, uplifting all mixed race, people and women of color voices; a transformative goal that actually lies at the center of Raising Mixed Race itself.

 

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Newspaper: Anaheim KKK Stabber has Jewish-Catholic Family Roots

Newspaper: Anaheim KKK Stabber has Jewish-Catholic Family Roots | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Newspaper: Anaheim KKK Stabber has Jewish-Catholic Family Roots
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NEWSPAPER: ANAHEIM KKK STABBER HAS JEWISH-CATHOLIC FAMILY ROOTS by Gustave Arellano gives us more in-depth detail about the Anaheim KKK participant who stabbed three people. According to this article the stabber (Charles Edward Donner) has Jewish-catholic roots and was set free after claiming he stabbed the three people in self-defense. Personally I believe this is not right. How does a Ku Klux Klan member get set free after stabbing three people? Even if it was for self defense, I believe this man should have had some sort of punishment fir disturbing the piece. I suppose this is where Donner might bring up the bill of rights and state the first amendment. This article spoke out to me because I could not believe that a KKK member could come from a Jewish-Catholic family. Being a catholic myself I was a bit surprised when I read the title. I also cannot stress enough my opinion on him being set free. The audience I would target with this is anyone. This is proof that there are still certain individuals who believe in “White supremacy” and other KKK beliefs.