Cute But Confused: Myths and Realities of Mixed Race Identity

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WWW.NEWDEMOGRAPHIC.COM “Mixed babies are the cutest! Too bad they grow up to be such confused adults.” Chances are you’ve heard others talk about mixed race people using simplistic stereotypes like this. The reality is that being multiracial is a complex, multi-layered experience. In this seminar, Carmen Van Kerckhove identifies some of the common assumptions made about mixed race people, points out why these are untrue, and discusses some of the implications that the growing multiracial population has on communities of color.

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Cute But Confused: Myths and Realities of Mixed Race Identity

  1. 1. Cute But Confused Myths and Realities of Mixed Race Identity
  2. 2. <ul><li>Slavery </li></ul><ul><li>One-Drop Rule </li></ul><ul><li>Passing </li></ul><ul><li>Loving v. Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>2000 Census </li></ul>Historical Overview
  3. 3. “ Mixed people are confused” “ We have not had choices”
  4. 4. “ Mixed people should choose one side” “ We have the right to self-identify”
  5. 5. “ You don’t look ____” “ We don’t all look the same, do we?”
  6. 6. “ Authenticity is subjective” “ Mixed people aren’t really ____”
  7. 7. Why communities of color should care about mixed people
  8. 8. Just because someone identifies as mixed doesn’t mean they’re trying to reject their “ethnic” heritage. Mixed people are a part of their communities of color.

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