Define my integrity, not my identity.

image23Erin Powell,
Washington, DC.

“Are you sure your dad is really black?” “If you imagine her with curly hair, you can tell she’s mixed.” “You look straight white, nothing else.” “Ugly half n*****.”

Just a taste of the both disparaging and conflicting comments I’ve received on my YouTube vlog about my personal experience being biracial. With over 53,000 views I’ve had positive feedback as well, and many viewers have thanked me for sharing my story. But the sheer ignorance of other comments still strike me the most — yes, I’m sure my dad is really black.

With stories shared via The Race Card Project, there is hope. It’s so encouraging to see more and more conversations on race and ethnic identity come into the spotlight to help foster mutual understanding and counter the bias, stereotypes, and blatant racism that still exists within society.

You do not define me.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

  • barry irving

    …Black is a race term and that’s where the confusion…According to the ‘one Drop Theory” any degree of blood other than European means you are black. The problem is the both Black and White are Race terms. The difference is that White claims superior color wise and Black is a counter term popularly adopted in the 60’s during the Civil Rights movement to combat the implied societal negativity of the term Black.

    …The terms are used ambiguously and without specifying whether ethnicity, race or nationality is meant. Black and White are considered to be regional vernacular English or Slang!…The world does not help because not all people are enlightened obviously. The reality is that mixed race people may identify culturally ( lifestyle ), ethnically ( racial mix ) or nationally ( origin / patriotism ) with one Race or another, but genetics don’t lie!

 

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