So let's get one thing straight: I'm fine with being mixed-race. What I'm not fine with is how people approach me because of it. I have been stopped on the street, in elevators, and even yelled at on a ferry because people have so desperately wanted to know "what I was. No, where are you really from—where are your parents from? What's so bad about these kind of questions isn't even the questions themselves—it's the intrusive way in which they have been thrust upon me. Not only do the people asking about my racial makeup feel entitled to know personal things about my life, my family, and my history, but they feel like their "need" to ask questions is more important than whatever it was I was trying to do at the moment they decided to ask. I'm an introvert, and despite how willing I am to share the details of my life on the Internet, I'm actually very private in person. That means all of the above and the list coming below is a big no-no for me, especially within the first five minutes of meeting me.
Being mixed race is far more than simply being half black and white. Which is why Susan Dale has set up the Haluhalo Project. Social media platforms like Instagram may have added to the better representation of multiracial people but we still rarely hear about how it is to occupy that cultural grey space. Am I the only person to feel like this? Is it normal to feel the way I do? Susan believes that the way mixed-race identity is discussed and portrayed in the mainstream is problematic for three reasons:. Having a mix of white and appearing lighter as opposed to for example someone who is of Black and Asian mix appears to be more palatable and commercialised and are therefore used more in advertising and TV.
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The birth of any baby is accompanied by an outpouring of hopes and wishes for their future. And in the case of three-day-old Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex , the whole nation shares in the new parents' joy and anticipation. As the first mixed-race child born into the Royal Family , Archie is symbolic of the pace of change in our society. The Duchess has revealed she faced difficulties on the journey to 'voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman'.