I’ve experienced discrimination from both whites and blacks and never would’ve dreamed that my own community would discriminate against me based upon skin color until recently. I learned that there are a few Racial Radicals who are dropping mixed raced people (without a white appearance) into the category of black, 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 of biracial appearance as black because their skin color is not white or very light, as if that were the only color we come in.
My daughter is white skinned, blond haired, blue eyed and proud of her mixed race heritage but there are people who think that her appearance puts her on top of the Mixed Racial Chain and that my mixed appearance does not ‘qualify’ as ‘mixedness’. WRONG!!!! 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. Well my Quadroon daughter tans, does that now mean that she must be kicked out of the Quadroon hierarchy when she tans in the summer to a golden brown on her arms and legs???
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. I do not want my daughter raised to believe that she is better than her darker skinned mixed brother. 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.
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.