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Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP and the appearance of mixed race

Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP and the appearance of mixed race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The racial identity of Rachel Dolezal, one of the most prominent faces in Spokane's black community, is under question; birth certificate shows she's white.
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The appearance of being of mixed race.


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A poem against internalization

A poem against internalization | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

by Starlette McNeill


You can search through my hair to ensure airport security.

You can bar  and color- code my skin.

You can socially position my body, marginalize or center.

But, you cannot touch who is within.

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You can count me, number me: minority and majority.

You can in and out me, believe in and doubt me.


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What is ‘The Whiteness Project?’ - COLORLINES

What is ‘The Whiteness Project?’ - COLORLINES | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
New PBS series aims to bring more whites into the racial discussion.
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One drop or two: Mixed-race identity and politics in America with Sharon H. Chang

One drop or two: Mixed-race identity and politics in America with Sharon H. Chang | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

When Seattle-based researcher and writer Sharon H. Chang wrote an essay that detailed why she tells her mixed-race son that he's Asian and not white, many readers were surprised -- some were downright offended -- that she would deny him his "whiteness."

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Should Latino be a Race? Part 6 of 7 - Mass Media

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk co...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 4 of 7 - Manipulated Data

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 2 of 7 - Offset Data

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs

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Grace Lee Boggs, 99, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.


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I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story About Race eBook: Dorothy Marcus

I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story About Race - Kindle edition by Dorothy Marcus, Kaypri, Hettie Jones. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story About Race.
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Review of "Bird" by Crystal Chan

Review of "Bird" by Crystal Chan | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pros: Great start to book! Author has excellent ability to speak from a child’s perspective, although with more complexity and grace. Great plot and great surprises all the way to the end.

Cons: None.

Summary: “Bird” by Crystal Chan is an excellent surprise of a book! I assumed that the book would be about the trials and triumphs of a mixed race girl as she learns to handle society’s response to her identity. That isn’t a bad concept for a book, but I’ve read plenty of books like that. What I received from Crystal Chan was a book that demonstrated, rather than just showed, the fluidity of identity, childhood, culture and more on par with books like “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It began with a very gripping scene and then mellowed a little as the reader gets to travel in the life of “Bird” (the main character. From there, the plot thickens as Bird has to navigate through many worlds as a lone daughter with parents of two different cultures and perspectives, as a friend to John (who turns out to be something else than what he says), and as a griever to her long-dead brother whose impression still haunts the family.

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Alicia Menendez Interview: Trans People & Media's Invasive Questions | Janet Mock

Alicia Menendez Interview: Trans People & Media's Invasive Questions | Janet Mock | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Janet Mock flips the script on the Fusion host asking about her body, vagina and identity to demonstrate how transgender people are treated by journalists.
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Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next

Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Americans of mixed race, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics were among those most likely to check different boxes.
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Poor kids, rich schools - Where are you from? What do your parents do?

Poor kids, rich schools - Where are you from? What do your parents do? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
In his first few weeks as a freshman at the University of Chicago, Calvin Cottrell was constantly being asked the same questions: Where are you from? What do your parents do?

"I found those conversations kind of hostile, as the first person in my family to go to college. If you're living with a roommate whose parents are heart surgeons from Connecticut, that feels very different," he said.
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After college the questions become, "Where do you live?" and "What do you do?"


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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, April 29, 2015 6:43 PM

This is typical American behavior, always complaining about the things you don't have.  These kids should be grateful that they have the opportunity to go to these prestigious universities to make a better lives for themselves.  They have overcome great odds to get here, and now they are going to complain that kids in their classes have nicer clothes than them or that other students' parents have better jobs than their own parents?  I have no sympathy for these students at all.  They wont be upset when they are making $100k a year coming out of school.

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The Game We Play

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For much of my life I hid my identity somewhere comfortably between Mexican and Tejano. As a particularly brown girl with a funny sounding name, I could leave many confused if I started to explain that I am not an immigrant.  Explaining my identity  was so hard for people who assumed my brown skin meant I was not an American. It’s even harder to assuage brown people who think you are “ashamed” of being Mexican when you tell them you are not an immigrant .  My family has been in Texas over 9 generations. We lost our native ways somewhere along the path but not our knowing. We were just fine being called Tejano for the most part… but I am nosy. Questions of  race and identity have always intrigued me so after earning an anthropology  degree, and many life experiences later,  I  know  that there is no need for explanation for what simply is. I am an indigenous women.


For any Hispanic or Latina or even self identified Chicana reading this, I want to tell you this was not easy. You yourself may be struggling with understanding why this should even matter. I want to help you get there if I can.


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If you are Latino, how do you self identify when your child is born? If  you don't indicate Amerindian - is your child's identity partially lost? 



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Third Culture, and Then Some

Third Culture, and Then Some | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"So the question remains – where is home and what is my true cultural identity?"

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World of Averages: Populations of the Americas

World of Averages: Populations of the Americas | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 5 of 7 - What Is Race?

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 3 of 7 - Biased Reporting

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Why Mixed with White isn't White

Why Mixed with White isn't White | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"Your child is as white as he is Asian… Why embrace one label and not the other?”

“Why is he Asian but not white? He has white ancestors as much as Asian ones. So if it's OK to call him Asian, it's OK to call him white. Or, if it's not OK to call him white (because he's not completely white) then it's not OK to call him Asian, because he's not completely Asian either.”

“Your child is neither white nor Asian. I once heard this description: When you have a glass of milk and add chocolate to it, you no longer have just a glass of milk and you no longer just have chocolate because you have created something completely different. A bi-racial or multi-racial child is not either/or.”

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Reminds me of the blog called 'Neither Both'  - -Glenn Robinson


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"What Is A White Personality?" and Other Questions From Young Transracial Adoptees

"What Is A White Personality?" and Other Questions From Young Transracial Adoptees | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at the African Caribbean Heritage Camp in Denver, Colorado. Instead of preaching to a group of middle and high schoolers, I invited them to participate in ...
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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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Is There Anything Wrong With Passing for Black?

Is There Anything Wrong With Passing for Black? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Race Manners: Technically, no, but accepting the benefits of being in a different racial group without having to live with the daily burdens seems a bit unfair.
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One Drop of Love Trailer

One Drop of Love (www.onedropoflove.com) is a solo performance produced by Ben Affleck, Chay Carter and Matt Damon, along with the show's writer and performe...
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Why I see myself as a daughter of the Diaspora rather than mixed-race

Why I see myself as a daughter of the Diaspora rather than mixed-race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Why this ‘mixed’ girl rejects the ‘mixed-race’ label.
There is nothing like hearing the arguments of members of the multiracial movement and certain ‘mixed-race’ activists to make me want to distance...
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