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Why I don’t want to have ‘biracial’ children

BiracialWhenever people protest that a child is ‘biracial’, not Black, not only are they denying the impact that being classified as ‘non-white’ has on the life of a child, but they are also teaching that child to embrace ‘whiteness’ as an ideal, writes JuJuBe.

13 February 2011

As a woman who is classified as "white" I have been told time and time again that it is "not my place" to define the racial identity of a non-white person. So, I am going to be stepping on a few toes with this article, but I am not going to apologize for that. I am simply going to state my case as to why I believe that the "biracial" or "mixed" label is detrimental.

A while back, I was made aware of a video entitled "Biracial, not Black, Dammit!" I could not even bring myself to watch the documentary, because I assumed it was a blatant rejection of the Black collective, and was, in fact, a tool of white supremacy. The more white supremacists can convince non-white people to remain divided the stronger the racists become.

The "One Drop Rule" previously was used as a method to keep people who had Black heritage down. Once an individual was identified as having Black heritage, it was easy for white people to dismiss and subjugate them. But, today, in many cases, the "one drop rule" is used instead to convince Black people who have a white parent that they, in fact, are closer to "whiteness" and should therefore reject the notion of struggling to dismantle white supremacy.

This is a dangerous situation to me. While some people claim that the term "biracial" allows them to embrace the fullness of their heritage, I think, unfortunately, that white people often use it to keep Black people, who could otherwise be working together to end racism, stratified. It creates a sort of "buffer" zone between white and Black, which is used to convince people that racism/white supremacy is no longer an issue.

I find it extremely disconcerting when I hear white people who have children with a Black partner insist that their child is not Black, but is, in fact, "biracial". Their insistence upon the use of the term "biracial" indicates to me that they are not at all allies with Black people in the struggle to replace white supremacy with justice for all. The offhanded dismissal of the "Blackness" of their child leads their child to subconsciously identify more strongly with "whiteness", which is, let's face the facts, an easier existence.

The more white people can convince so called "biracial" people that they have a vested interest in being "part white" the more they can convince them to reject the cause of racial justice. It teaches so called "biracial" children that it is of ultimate importance to elevate and embrace "whiteness".

By doing so, it manufactures an existential crisis in that child that prevents him/her from taking up the cause of justice. White people do this in order to convince individuals who classify themselves as "biracial" or "mixed" to reject the notion that "whiteness" is a condition that must be annihilated in order for there to be a more just world.

If the white supremacists can convince a person that he is "biracial" then it is only a short journey to the defense of whiteness. After all, if you are "half white", then you should be invested in preserving the white race, right?

I cringe whenever I hear people protest that a child is "biracial", not Black. Not only are they denying the impact that being classified as "nonwhite" has on the life of a child, but they are also teaching that child to embrace "whiteness" as an ideal. That is not what I want for my children.

When I have children, it is extremely likely that they will be Black. And yes, I said Black, not biracial. Biracial is just an artificial category devised by white supremacists to boost the number of people who are "white identified".

When I hear "embracing both sides of your heritage" pushed as the ultimate goal of using the "biracial" label, I immediately recognize it for what it is... an attempt to negate the evils perpetrated by the white race over so many centuries.

I have seen many individuals who have a white parent fight for the cause of justice, and for the elevation of the Black collective. But I have never once heard any of them refer to themselves as "biracial". That term seems to be reserved for the confused, for those longing to be "white".

JuJuBe blogs at My Name is JuJuBe where this article first appeared.

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0 #88 Stephanie Powell 2014-02-26 18:06
I am horrified by this. Very VERY wrong. Let me ask, why is a half Black half white child deemed Black and not white? How is it possibly feeding white supremely if they call themselves biracial. They are equal parts of both it should be just as offensive to their Black patent if they completely ignore their white side and just say Black.

If someone was half white half Asian, would they then be Asian or mixed? If Asian, why? If mixed, why is that phrase only 'allowed' if they are mixed with anything other than Black?

This is so ignorant is a joke.
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+2 #87 YS 2014-02-26 13:56
So you are asking people who are of mixed race to forget part of what makes them an individual? You have to remember here white and black people aren't the only ones mixing together. What would you say about a Chinese person and a Hindu? Are they claiming whiteness too by saying they are mixed? Are they confused? This is not just about being white this is about being mixed and honoring both by claiming both, and being proud of both.
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+10 #86 tamlyn 2014-02-26 03:33
Your thinking is very narrow and one sided. Try embracing the human race and stop worrying about the color of your skin. My family has been biracial for 5 generations, going back to the mid 18th century. Never have I been told to embrace a race, but to always be the best that I can be as a human. Only when EVERYONE stops claiming a race, any race, will racism stop.
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+4 #85 Danielle Woods 2014-02-25 20:28
You cant tell me what I am. I'm not rejected black, Im including both.
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+2 #84 Audri 2014-01-13 11:13
I agree with this article. Early in history if you were bi-racial, you were still considered black and hated by whites. Now, everyone is mixing and don't want to use "black" to define themselves, wow. My great grandfather is white and my grandma is bi-racial. I have a whole side of a white family, that I don't affiliate with. My skin color is almond brown and I have dreads, I am considered "black" because of my skin color? Everyone is mixed! I know some whites who have black ancestors but look purely caucasion to me. So, if your bi-racial, your black to me. White supremacy are now accepting bi-racial people, they didn't even want you a part of their family back in history, so why now accept? I know whites who disowned their family members for dating or marrying a black person. Racism is still alive and strong, believe it or not.
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0 #83 Phraser 2013-12-07 00:27
Lol! You can tell which commenter was raised by white women. I think this article hit a bit too close to home.
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+2 #82 Yay4tacos! 2013-12-02 00:30
As a biracial person, who looks non-white, from my experience, the author is 100% correct. My sister looks 100% Caucasian (pale, light eyes, hair, typical caucasian facial characteristics ), whereas I have brown eyes and hair as well as very light brown skin, therefore, I get read as non-white whereas my sister can pick and choose and disappear into whiteness if she so chooses. My mom would tell me I'm half, but I would tell her, I don't look white enough so I don't get to claim it. Whiteness is about exclusivity. It's very painful to realize that one will never benefit from white privilege and never be seen as white, and I feel there are a lot of biracial/multir acial people who hold on to the fallacy that they get some white privilege, but in reality they do not.

With that said, there are a small percentage of mixed persons that appear sufficiently white to get white privilege, but these people are few and far between.
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0 #81 Alana 2013-11-09 20:18
This is my issue......peop le do not realize that no matter if a black person LOOKS so called 100% black doesnt mean that they are!! That is highly unlikely and ignorant of people to assume. Pretty much ALL black AND White people have more than one race running in their vains! Don't let the outward appearance fool you.Some people do not understand genetics and never will because of pure ignorance . I understand what this author is saying. Why is it not okay for a black person who SO CALLED LOOKS BLACK can't say he/ she isn't black?! That black person can have several difference races but yet you assume that they are not! That is why it is racist and it is also racist to suggest that black people can only look a certain way to infact be 100% black when Africa is the most diverse nation on the planet meaning we SO CALLED black people have many different phenotypes! That is what is racist ..to through black people in a box and if you step outside of it then you aren't black. That is the lie and that is the issue. We are all mixed and connected and people still don't get that!! Unless you took a DNA test to trace every ancestor you have on the planet you don't know if you are MONO RACED!! Wake up people.
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+4 #80 humanprivilege 2013-10-15 02:36
HAHAHA PEOPLE STILL THINK RACE IS A THING IN THE YEAR OF 2013 HAHAHAHAS

THERE IS ONLY RACE; THE HUMAN RACE
BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, RED, FUCKING PURPLE ITS ALL A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT
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+6 #79 Arvid 2013-06-29 15:01
As a multiracial person myself, I ask you to hesitate before making a judgement to place any person who comes from a multiracial background into a specific racial category. Yes, using the term biracial in order to embrace both aspects of one's racial heritage is a legitimate excuse, as, in case you have not already thought of, cases where no parent of a "White" background applies. As I have previously stated, I come from a multiracial background, 50% White, 50% East Asian. When surrounded by those of European ancestry, they call me "yellow", "chink", "chinaman", etc. as a total rejection of my European heritage and expression of the inferiority of my East Asian heritage. When I am surrounded by those of ethnic East Asians, I am called "barbarian", "white devil", "uncivilized' etc. Once again, a total rejection of the side of heritage that they do not belong too. No matter where I go, I am not fully accepted into society, so just because you think biracial is term developed to shelter white supremacists and thus encourage whiteness, allow me to remind you that there are supremacists of every race. As mentioned above, some East Asians view whites as being inferior to them, and thus condemn me to the same status as a monoracial white. But I am neither singularly white nor Asian,but multiracial, in order to embrace both aspects of my heritage and it does not encourage one side nor the other because encouraging one side would mean discrimination against the other. Instead of trying to place us multiracial people into a specific race, we more than often prefer not siding to any one race. To live without a specific racial category is much better than you might think, as we multiracial do not have to stand responsible for the crimes of any specific race that society places upon humanity. And no, the one drop rule should never apply, a person's race is what they consider themselves to be in relation to their racial heritage.
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