(I’m sorry I’m submitting this on anonymous I just don’t feel comfortable giving out these details of my family history and experiences with my url attached).
For the purposes of this discussion I have lived in West Africa and Europe, and I’m mixed (yes that is how I identify) with African and Afro-Latinx. I identify as an ethnically mixed mono-racial black person.
I, like the Filipino/Indian submission I am feeling incredibly angry and hurt at the things Jay has said. Growing up I know for my sibling especially they has light skin, black, blonde and red hair, they sticks out like a sore thumb when they’re with our family, their identity issues are valid, their experiences are valid and their identity as a mixed person is valid, and I won’t let anyone invalidate that ever. They has also been bullied by people including our close family members for the shape of her eyes (which I guess can be attributed to some distant native ancestry we have) and gets called ch*nk constantly. For me and my other siblings it was the opposite we have dark skin and kinky hair, whenever we talk about our afro-latinx side people actually laugh in our faces and tell us there is no way dark people like us are good enough to be latinx. I used to be too scared to talk about that side of my heritage because I was sick of people arguing with me about where I am from, or telling me that I’m just black and I am just trying to be special (despite the fact that I have never disputed being black on both sides). The prejudice within my family is immense too and we have effectively been exorcised and disowned because we’re not good enough for our afro-latinx relatives. This is the reality of our lives you are belittling and it is incredibly hurtful.
Personally for me I am also in a relationship with a black person of another ethnicity (they are mixed ethnicty as well), and between us we have three cultures and six languages to pass down to our children. We are constantly talking about how to deal with these issues and how to balance our ties to our heritages so we can help any children we have form an identity, If our kids wanted to identify as mixed would you deny them too? My African’s family discrimination towards my partner is huge and it is solely on the basis of his ethnicity, they do not care that we are both black! My family have threatened me because of our relationship and tried to force me to end our relationship.
Having said all this I am also aware that multiracial people face unique issues that I as a monoracial person (even though I am multiethnic) can’t quite fully understand. Our struggles overlap and I feel a sense of solidarity with multiracial people but they are not exactly the same. I also recognize that multiracial people face unique issues and that’s why blogs like this are so important. I have been quietly following this blog for a long time, because I identify with the experiences (not all as I am not multiracial but a lot of them). Now I’m not sure what to do, I feel like I should unfollow because you guys don’t even recognise my identity as valid but I feel attached to this blog also. I
We don’t want you to unfollow. We’re still talking about how to reconcile the whole matter. We never said monoracial multiethnic POC don’t face discrimination or identity issues. But this blog is primarily for multiracial people. Maybe it’ll change but currently we are not equipped for monoracial multiethnic persons. It’d be unfair to everyone if we suddenly changed our focus. Throughout this entire discussion no one has ever said that monoracial multiethnic POC could start their own blog. We’ve historically allowed people such as transracial adoptees to interact with us because they haven’t had their own space and like monoracial multiethnic persons, we have a lot in common. But we all have out own areas that are unique or more difficult or more common for each of us. We all need people and spaces with people who understand that for personal experience. There are many issues to discuss for this topic. The usage of the word mixed to mean mixed race is definitely US centric. I’ll have to get used to the fact that people outside the US and/or people who are X generation immigrants use the term differently. I’m sorry that I spoke out of complete ignorance but going forward I’ll say “mixed race” because honestly, as you can tell, I know little to nothing about social issues, especially ethnic issues outside the US. To be frank, You may feel a sense of a solidarity with multiracial people but I still don’t know if I can let my guard down, especially when monoracial multiethnic people are coming here and basically demanding that we accept them without argument or discussion. I have one black parent and one white parent. They are complete opposites in the racial hierarchy in every way in the entire world and somehow I exist. I’m not saying my feelings are right but isn’t it possible neither of us are wrong? Despite my personal feelings, I’ll continue to be open to hearing people out, especially those who aren’t tied to the US. But please do not keep insisting that multiracial people need to accept everything monoracial multiethnic persons say without question. — Jay (Ps when saying monoracial multiethnic, I mean POC. White people, this discussion isn’t about or for you.)
In Germany, migrants from ‘Muslim countries’ applying for nationality are required to pass a discriminatory ‘Muslim Test’ which asks questions such as: What would you do if your son was gay? In the Netherlands, applicants are asked to react to a video showing two men kissing…it is not incidental that the attention drawn to non-Western and Muslim gender and sexual regimes comes at the same time as the ‘War on Terror’, the increase in restrictive migration policies and the general upsurge in Islamophobia…‘gay rights’ and gender equality, even though they were achieved very recently and not at all exhaustively, have become symbols of the civilization and modernity of Western countries. While the importance of these (even if limited) rights and equality is not disputed, the authors warn against a white Western single-issue emancipatory politics that claims universality and patronizes non-white non-Western Muslim women and queers, while serving neo-imperialistic, racist discourses. It seems rather obvious to draw a parallel with how Western feminist abolitionists feed into security laws that criminalize migrant sex workers and effectively lead to deportation and further marginalisation in the name of combating gender violence. The same societies that demonize and discriminate against Muslims are increasingly criminalizing sex workers, using ideas about both homophobia and gender violence as their tools to deport and detain migrants, sex workers and people of colour.
Settler colonial power and anti-Black racism/slavery structure the social order in the US and North America. As an ongoing form of domination, settler colonialism requires the genocide of Native people in order for the Settler to accumulate Native people’s land and turn the land into property. Settler colonial relations are maintained through various forms of repressive and discursive power. For example, the physical extermination of Native people is accompanied by the cultural genocide of Native peoples. Not just Native peoples, but their entire worldview must be erased from the face of the earth. One of the discursive forms of genocide and colonization in settler colonial states is the imposition and institutionalization of Western gender, heteropatriarchy and the notion of the individual or Enlightenment’s human. The imposition of a Western gender order and its attendant racialized sexuality ushered in sexual violence as a tool of settler colonialism. In the Clearing examines the spaces where both settler colonialism and slavery/anti-Black racism shape the landscape.
What is it to leave a place? What is it to question your own memory of that place? What is it to have this innate connection to a place in which you don’t live at anymore? How can you keep generating a collective and cultural memory which you know you’re very much implicated in and very much spiritually connected to but meanwhile, the connections are very frayed… but meanwhile, they are overwhelmingly strong? The poem for me becomes a way to give contour to all these provisional, competing, difficult, contestatory, generous, poignant, ridiculous notions of home, war, how do you tell a story.
—Myung Mi Kim, in Between the Lines: Asian American Women’s Poetry (2001)
"Asian Women as Leaders" in Roots: An Asian American Reader (UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1971). Reprinted from Rodan (Northern California Asian American Community News, April 1971).
Page 2 (not printed in Roots, text found in Asian Women journal [Berkeley, 1971]):
-tions, they find that their ideas are usurped by the men, who then take credit for the idea as being their own. Women are often heard but not listened to. Many times the women must play her old role in order to get things done: “Oh, please, can you help me carry this. It’s much too heavy for little old me…”
How can these problems be solved: People must recognize that women are half of the working force in the movement against oppression, exploitation, and imperialism. They are half of the working force in creating the new revolutionary lifestyle. Men and women in the movement must therefore begin to live the ideals and goals they are working for. To do this, they must not let chauvinist acts slide by. People cannot work together effectively if there are hidden tensions or if people let little annoyances build up inside themselves. They must deal with sexism on the same basis as they would deal with racism and imperialism. They must be able to develop as human beings, not subject to categorizations and stereotypes. Developing as people confident in themselves, in their ideas, they will not be afraid of criticism; they will see the need for criticism, self-criticism in order to move forward. The struggle is not men against women or women against men, but it is a united front striving for a new society, a new way of life.
If I go forward,
Push me if I fall behind.
If I betray you,
If they take me,
Avenge me then in kind.
I was going through some old photographs and belongings of my grandmother’s in storage and I came across this. She saved the newspaper clipping from her internment.
Reading it made me feel so sad and disgusted I wanted to cry.
LTMC: Jingoistic journalism at its best.
Never forget. This actually happened. In America. The United States.
FDR decided people of a certain heritage didn’t have rights and damn near everyone rolled over and let him do it.
Do not forget this. Do not let it happen again.
Next time someone says “the government would never do that!” or “the American people would never let that happen!” remind them of this.