On today’s episode of Some Kind of Brown, I really wanted to discuss the pressures around how we choose to identify as Mixed or Multi-Racial people. What I really wanted to get across is that we should have the freedom to identify with some or all of our ethnic identities. Blood quantity is not something we should look to, nor should we be forced to choose one side of our background over the other unless that’s how we as individuals choose to identify that way. Coming from multiple racial backgrounds can be complicated, but how we choose to celebrate our individual mixes shouldn’t be.
When I was growing up, I felt a lot of pressure to choose a side and never felt like I was truly being myself when I identified as a single group. As an adult, I’ve realized I can be fully Black, fully Irish, and fully Cherokee. I’ve been on a journey to reconnect with these cultures and it’s been the most beautiful and self-affirming things that I’ve done for myself in a long time.
If you’re Mixed/Multi-Racial, I’d love to know if you’ve gone through some of the same struggles with yourself. Please share your stories with me below. I truly believe that the more we talk about these things, the more normal and accepting society will be to changing the way we look at race.
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