(Editor’s note: This column was used with permission from the RaiderView, a student newspaper at Lindsey Wilson College, where it was originally published on Oct. 11).
I am bi-racial. My mother is white; my father is black. My entire life, I have been exiled as the “other.”
I always had too curly hair and too dark of a skin tone to be friends with the white kids. I had hair that was too straight and skin that was too light to be friends with the black kids.
This is nothing new for people who are bi-racial and live in a world that only sees color; only black or white with no in between.
I never fit in anywhere and I felt like I needed to be one color or the other. If it had been this way, things would have been a lot easier for me. But because I am both, I have been forced to see things from a perspective that not many are even aware of: the voice of the bi-racial and the unclassified; the other.
“Are you black or are you white?”
“Are you Mexican?”
“What are you?”
This crap never gets old. To this day, I am questioned about my race. My question to them is “Why in the hell does it matter what color I am?”
For crying out loud, it is 2013! We have a bi-racial president and I’m still over here getting questioned about what race I am.
Even in school, I got, and still get, those one teachers who see their students as black or white. Even students who are from other countries are often classified, not even belonging to these ethnic groups in the first place.
Why does the color of my skin matter in the classroom? We are all there for the same reason: to learn. My brain works just like everyone else’s and my race has no influence on my ability to comprehend knowledge.
I really hate having to fill out what race I am on applications and tests. College applications, job applications and even the ACT all ask what race we are. Why does it matter what race I am if all I’m doing is trying to get a job? The same thing goes for applying to college.
In school, teachers were always treating me as if I was white or if I was black; I was never treated like a bi-racial person. But now it doesn’t make sense to me as to why you should act a certain way just because of the color of your skin.
The civil rights movement was enacted in the 1960s, roughly 50-something years ago. What are we still having issues dealing with race?
There was a Cheerios commercial that showed a little mixed girl and her white mother and black father. People were so enraged with this type of family being shown on television that the company stopped showing the commercial.
Total bull crap if you ask me.
Why is it so appalling for someone to be bi-racial? Why is it necessary for everything to be based on race? It doesn’t make any sense to me why there is still discrimination against the color of someone’s skin, especially discrimination because their skin color is a mixture of one or more races.
If people would open their eyes, they’d see that our country’s majority is no longer white. America is just a huge melting pot of multiple races and it is impossible for our country to continue growing if the people are going to remain so stuck in the 1950s.
There are some colleges out there that have certain racial quotas they have to meet in order to receive funding. After they meet their quotas, these schools tend to stop admitting students based on their race. If they have their quota, they don’t want any more students since they have their grant.
People don’t realize what its like to be multiple races. It’s impossible to just be yourself sometimes, because everyone has these expectations of what you should be and how you should act.
It shouldn’t matter what someone’s skin tone is, they don’t need to be stereotyped or exemplified for the way they act and/or speak.
All I want is for people to stop assuming that I am one race or another.
I also want people to stop looking at me like I am a freak of nature when I say I am bi-racial.
No one likes to have to pull the race card. No one likes talking about it or discussing it. But something had got to be done about the racism against bi-racials.
The world is a colorful place and there are tons of bi-racial people. We shouldn’t be classified as black or white, one or the other. We are both. We are unique and we are no different than anyone else.