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“Defining Mixed-Race Identity”

The Seattle Times has a nice write-up about bi- and multi-racial identity.  The impetus for the story was clearly Obama’s candidacy.  The article quotes numerous Seattle-area of widely divergent ages.  The common denominator is that there is no agreement on how a bi- or multiracial person should define or align themselves.  There are as many ways as there are people, and each is correct.  It is an intensely personal matter, and something not easily achieved in our pigeonhole-crazy society.

Have a read, and listen to the interviewees tell their stories.  Incidentally, one person pictured in the photo gallery is Avery Hutcherson, who describes herself as “German chocolate”.  I’m pretty sure this is Ken Hutcherson’s daughter, as he uses the “German chocolate” thing in nearly every interview.

I’m German chocolate.  It’s a privilege god gave me.  Neither black or white.  Just me, perfectly set right in the middle.

I’m happy for her contentment, and I don’t want to hold her responsible for any of her parents’ hate.  Yet I can’t help wondering if she was taught to see everyone as “perfectly set”, or only herself.

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Laurel Ramseyer

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