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February 25th, 2006

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06:20 pm
Hi everyone, I'm new to this community.

About me: Race, racism and racial identity are of interest to me since they have played a large role in the person I am today. While I identify as Black, and experience the world as a Black person, I am technically "biracial" (not keen on this term but can't think of an alternative!) I believe that the BLACK biracial person is in a unique situation in terms of experiencing racism as a Black person, yet having been raised by a white parent. Thus as a Black "mixed race" individual, I don’t share the experiences of many "mixed folk" with regard to the “what are you?” question that people who are acknowledged as mixed race may get, and I can't relate to the experiences of mixed race individuals who pass for white. At the same time, I have faced issues growing up such as racism from white relatives and general "over exposure" to white people that the average Black person doesn't have to confront.

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Date:February 25th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more, because I've experienced almost everything you spoke of. I heard someone say once (and I use the term for myself) that 'I am a black man, with a white parent." I think race/ethnicity is more social than anything else, and due to that I've been grouped into a lot of unnecessary categories.
Date:February 26th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for replying...it's good to know that there are other people here who relate to my experiences.

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