(Article) Racial Radicalism"
- [["Racial Radicalism: Color Division within the Mixed Community"
"... I learned that there are a few Racial Radicals who are dropping
mixed raced people (without a white appearance) , as not being
`mixed enough' or `light enough' to be considered mixed race!!!
I was in shock to find that there are amongst us those who
viewed a person ... because their skin color is not white
or very light, as if that were the only color we come in.
Since when did white appearance become the typical characteristics
of what a mixed race person is SUPPOSED to look like?
Why would a group of Racial Radicals try to belittle
their own people based upon the color of their skin?
Why can't we appreciate the beauty
of our people with our various hues?
...[T]here are people who think that ... my mixed
appearance does not `qualify' as `mixedness'.
Also amongst these Racial Radicals, I discovered that
because I tan and change from light to brown, I wasn't
`mixed enough' according to their standards, because
for them a true mixed person, does not tan at all ...
So now I have seen it all and have had the distinct pleasure
of not only being discriminated against for being too white
for blacks, too black for whites and now not mixed
enough in appearance for these Racial Radicals.
And so the question is, what is a person of Mixed Appearance???
Well, we do have phenotypes, don't we?
The basic "mixed appearance', (mostly) is a person of black and
white features from light to medium brown skin with (mostly)
straight to curly hair who are the `Noticeable' mixed people.
The other two groups of Mixed People
are those of white or black appearance.
Those of white appearance are those who have
more noticeable white features, hair and skin color.
Those of black appearance are those who have more
noticeable black features, hair and skin color.
These are obviously very broad categories.
We as Mixed people come in every hue created but there is a serious
problem when we are divided based upon color and blood quantum ...
And as a proud non-white skinned MIXED person,
I think we need to be aware of this dangerous racial
division that is creeping into our own community.
Historically, many mixed people created their own communities
either in isolation of other groups or within larger cities
in which they became the societal elites, but in this day
and age there is no reason for our people to be isolated
or to have an elitist attitude against each other.
A Quadroon/Octoroon is no "more" `mixed' than
a light-to-brown-to-black-skinned 'multiracial'.
We are all the same people and we must unite
and stand against racialism within our own people.
We need to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity
of our own people and not to separate even further
into sub-categories based upon skin tone.
Patrice Farmer / Tuesday, 26 July 2005
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