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.

 

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.

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.

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