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DNA ancestry tests and Black Americans

DNA ancestry tests and Black Americans | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Note: I already did a post on DNA ancestry tests. This one looks at them as applied to Blacks in the US. Unlike other Americans, Blacks had their ethnic identity and history taken from them. Even N...
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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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Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

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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'Blaxicans' photos explore multicultural nexus

'Blaxicans' photos explore multicultural nexus | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"Duality: Blaxicans in LA" explores multiracial identity among the Los Angeles' two largest minority groups: African-Americans and Mexican-Americans.
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The Evolution of Human Skin Pigmentation

Nina Jablonski looks at the evolution of human pigmentation. It was noted by Darwin and others that humans who lived closer to the equator had darker skins. Is this a functional adaptation to sun exposure, or is there something more at play here? Series: "Darwin Evolving" [10/2009] [Science] [Show ID: 16926]

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Mixed-Race Youth and Schooling: The Fifth Minority

Mixed-Race Youth and Schooling: The Fifth Minority | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

This timely, in-depth examination of the educational experiences and needs of mixed-race children (“the fifth minority”) focuses on the four contexts that primarily influence learning and development: the family, school, community, and society-at-large.


The book provides foundational historical, social, political, and psychological information about mixed-race children and looks closely at their experiences in schools, their identity formation, and how schools can be made more supportive of their development and learning needs. Moving away from an essentialist discussion of mixed-race children, a wide variety of research is included. Life and schooling experiences of mixed-raced individuals are profiled throughout the text. Rather than pigeonholing children into a neat box of descriptions or providing ready made prescriptions for educators, Mixed-Race Youth and Schooling offers information and encourages teachers to critically reflect on how it is relevant to and helpful in their teaching/learning contexts.


Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part I: Being Mixed-Race in Society
    • Chapter 1: The Context of Race for Mixed-Race People
    • Chapter 2: Mixed-Race People in Society Over Time
    • Chapter 3: Racial Identity: Multiple Perspectives on Racial Self-Understanding
  • Part II: Family, Community, and Peers
    • Chapter 4: Structures, Practices, and Socialization in Interracial and Multiracial Families
    • Chapter 5: Community, Social Class and Sociocultural Interactions
    • Chapter 6: Peer Relations and Friendship Formations
  • Part III: Education and Schooling: People, Places, and Practices
    • Chapter 7: Teachers’ (Mixed) Race Constructions and Teaching in Multiracial Classrooms
    • Chapter 8: The Racial Context of Schooling and Mixed-race Youth
    • Chapter 9: Schooling Supportive of Mixed-Race Youth
  • Index
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interracial relationships

interracial relationships | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Repost: This was first posted over two years ago. With more than 2,000 comments and still going, its thread is no longer usable. I am closing the original to comments and reposting it here. I added a bit about “preferences” and made some small changes:


An interracial relationship (IRR) is a dating or married relationship between people from different races. This post is about the ones in the US. It is an overview post – click on links to go deeper into a particular topic.


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Dr. Yaba Blay's take on Beyoncé's 'Formation'

Dr. Yaba Blay's take on Beyoncé's 'Formation' | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"... I cringe when I hear her chant, “You mix that Negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma” about her Alabama-born dad and her mom from Louisiana. This is the same reason I cringed at the L’Oreal ad that identified Beyonce  as African-American, Native American and French.


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There is a fine line between affirming mixed race people and bashing mono-race people. 


I agree with Dr. Blay's sentiment.


Bragging about being mixed race is akin to bragging about being mono-raced. Race is not a thing to be proud about. It is no accomplishment to be born. A person may prefer a certain skin color, but as Brenda says: Your preference is not preferable


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If a Zebra doesn't have all stripes, is it still a Zebra? [VIDEO]

If a Zebra doesn't have all stripes, is it still a Zebra? [VIDEO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back"

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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. 
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SURVEY: U.S. Afro-Latinos More Likely to Identify as White Than Black

SURVEY: U.S. Afro-Latinos More Likely to Identify as White Than Black | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The Pew Research Center survey also revealed that a quarter of Afro-Latinos report their race as “Hispanic.”
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A Mixed Race Feminist Blog Interview with Myriam Wane

A Mixed Race Feminist Blog Interview with Myriam Wane | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

I want mixed race heritage to continue to spread. It’s a beautiful thing and it’s a wonderful identity to have, once you discover it and how to be comfortable with it. There should be no holding back when it comes to embracing mixed race heritage, just because it is not monoracial heritage. 


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The Loving Story [DOCUMENTARY VIDEO]

The Loving Story [DOCUMENTARY VIDEO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

This documentary tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. –HBO


Links to watch “The Loving Story”, the first documentary of the Lovings.


HuluAmazonHBOOfficial Website

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Watch "The Loving Story" for free on Valentines Day

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See Misty Copeland Recreate Edgar Degas' Iconic Ballerina Artwork

See Misty Copeland Recreate Edgar Degas' Iconic Ballerina Artwork | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Misty Copeland created her own history as the first Black woman to be the American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer. Now, America's most famous ballerina is reinterpreting history by appearing in re-creations of French artist Edgar Degas' historic works on ballerinas. 

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FEATURED MULTIRACIAL FAMILY: MEET THE LUSBY FAMILY!

FEATURED MULTIRACIAL FAMILY: MEET THE LUSBY FAMILY! | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
MEET THE LUSBY FAMILY:
Brandon, age 30
African American with a small percentage of Native American. We are on the quest to find out exactly what else as we both actually have in our gene pool.

Virginia, age 31
50% Italian/ 38% Filipino/ 6% Spanish/ 6% Chinese. My father is a deceased Italian citizen of Neapolitan descent whose family still resides in Italy. My mother is a 1st generation immigrant with parents from the Philippine provinces of Pampanga and Iloilo who were mixed slightly with Chinese and Spanish.

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Ron - Black, Cuban, Mexican and Switched at Birth as Chinese!

“As a sort of irony, I was born a Chinese baby. Baby Boy Wong”

Our friend Ron Lyles shares how he was mislabeled as a Chinese baby at birth, how his family’s former slave-owners found him, and the importance of including ‘culture’ in dialogues about race.

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