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  •  Yes, there certainly (1+ / 0-)
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    is a biracial movement in this country, and it's predicated on their fear of and disdain for being on the same rung of the racial ladder as black people.

    •  Or it's predicated on their desire to have their (0+ / 0-)

      actual reality recognized. Why is there such investment in ignoring what people say about their own lives? Also, not everyone involved with advocacy for biracial/multiracial recognition are even dealing with black/white. There are a whole lot of ways to be biracial/multiracial. There's an interesting article on Swirl by a Japanese/white (Ashkenazi) woman talking about how she realized as an adult that her embrace of a monoracial Japanese identity was (for her) causing her to reject her Asheknazi whiteness. She did as the diarist advocates (identified wholly with her non-white side) and realized as an adult that it did not work for her. I have a friend who's Mexican/Vietnamese, who identified wholly with her Mexican side for most of the time I knew her (as an adult always) and then decided she wanted to finally connect to her Vietnamese side. She didn't reject her Mexicanness to do so; she added in her Vietnameseness (and where in a monoracial structure does Mexican vs. Vietnamese work? Which was she supposed to pick lest she be acting on her fear and disdain?).

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        what does their "actual reality" have to do with me? They get to be "not black". I don't want to do anything to keep them from being "not black". On the other hand, why should what they want involve trying to take my blackness away by joining the anti-black right in agitating to abolish official racial documentation?

        They already have the right to be "not black". All they have to do is check off "white", or if they prefer, not check anything at all. We- meaning black people who aren't ashamed of being black- aren't the antagonists here- they are.

    •  rather than (0+ / 0-)

      seeing the value in their own lives as individuals?  

      Rather than being able to have rational thoughts about their own identity?

      It couldn't be anything realistic, it would have to be based on fear and hatred because that's the most plausible scenario?

      Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

      by mim5677 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:04:19 AM PST

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