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  • Gypsy Rose

    As a biracial person myself, I completely understand where you’re coming from. I personally identify as mixed-race and not black, because I feel that to label myself black would be to disregard half of my heritage, and therefore to reject part of my identity (especially since I was raised predominantly by the anglo side of my family). With that said, I believe that it is ultimately up to your children to make that decision. No one else can define us, not even those who love us dearly.

    • Steve_A_Williams1

      I would say the problem is that society compels individuals to select one identity over another rather than embracing both.

  • RVN

    Would you feel the same way if someone called you white or does “black” hold a negative conotation that you like having the option to identify or not identify with as you so choose?

    • Gypsy Rose

      Yep, I feel the same way. I’m Ghanaian-Australian, so in Australia I’m considered black and in my father’s homeland I’m considered white. Neither labels sit well with me. That’s not because I have shame, it’s simply because I’ve come to realise that I am both – and to disregard one in order to neatly fit into a category of race would not be living my truth. That’s just my personal opinion, and I have cousins who see their identities very differently than i do.

  • Stormy

    Welcome to America where your children will be seen as “black” and furthermore will paint “black” as somehow lesser.

 

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