Right MissKris! So it looks like we agree there are plenty of well-adjusted biracial ppl who accept their dual heritages (including me and many that I know). But please notice that I qualified comments in my last post w/the word "some" to describe the portion of biracials who do
happen to struggle re: identity politics, and there are quite a few. ... I'm confused by the idea that someone choosing to omit a large part of who they are when stating their ethnic heritage isn't
denying one side. I mean, why say you're only one thing if factually you're about equally both? I don't understand why the person wouldn't just say something factually correct and inclusive, like, "I'm biracial but I relate more to black culture", for example? Why say you're just one when you're factually both?
I was extremely careful to qualify cases where the ODR is
psychologically and socially deleterious. I think those cases are sad and happen far too often.
It's odd, and I know not everyone does that thank God. Sure, I agree: there will always be someone groaning over labels like "mixed". At the same time, terms like "mixed" at least allow flexibility when it comes to more truthful ethnic identification. Glad to hear your culture takes advantage of that flexibility when it comes to how others are viewed. That's terrific
I'm responding to Carmen w/empathy because it sounds like she's been the victim of certain ppl insisting she's black and only black, even after she has explained that she's biracial (I've had some deny to my face that I'm [even partially] black after telling them, so I get the frustration). These are the sort of ppl who would shun her as "mixed", "multiracial" or "biracial" - whatever word, demanding that she call herself just black. And I still say that behavior is $hitty and wrong ... not to mention intrusive, ignorant, controlling and insecure.