The Peabody award-winning sketch comedy series Key & Peele will be ending with this season’s finale. We’re sad to see the show go, but we’re excited to see what the duo does next. Check out our 2013 interview with the guys:

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic ‘Power’

“I think the reason both of us became actors is because we did a fair amount of code-switching growing up, and still do.”

– Keegan-Michael Key

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Hey guys! I’m Rui, and I’m currently doing a project with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and I need your help.

“What are you?” is a question many people of mixed race get but don’t know how to answer. People think identity can be summed up in just a sentence. I want to move past this question, I want to know: What is your story? #‎myhapastory‬ is a collection of the different voices of hapa individuals sharing their stories and experiences. It’s been such a great success since it’s launch last week, but I need more submissions!

If you’re hapa and want to contribute:

Thanks so much! And if you wouldn’t mind, please spread the word around for me if you can!

Okay so a) this blog is incredibly important and b) I’ve wanted to submit for a while because I’m homosexual/aromantic, bi-racial (white/Afro-Puerto Rican), and tired of suffering from internalized oppression! :’)

Starting in my early teens, I embarked on a mission to make myself “white” in order to fit in with my classmates and my white idols. I destroyed my natural hair with tools and chemicals, actively avoided any contact with the sun, lightened my skin colour in all photographs, refused to learn Spanish at any opportunity, routinely mocked/denied my cultural heritage, and refused to go by my given name (Estrella). Thanks in part to Tumblr, I’ve gradually begun to realize the strain wanting to be “white” has put on my physical and emotional health. For the past couple of months, I’ve endeavored to stop most of the harmful practices described above, and have started to embrace my culture and my true self more openly. Though I still catch myself wishing for straight hair, or lightening the colour of my skin with Instagram filters, I’m finally beginning to love everything being mixed/Latina has to offer. I certainly will never face the same struggles that my dark skinned brothers and sisters are up against, but it’s at least nice to be able to sit in the sun on summer days without worrying I’ll no longer look “white enough" to be beautiful.

P.S. fuck Rachel Dolezal– being mixed isn’t a game

#GrowingUpMixed (My Personal Experience)
  • Being told that you don’t look like anybody in your family
  • Parents coming to your school and teachers can’t believe that you are related 
  • Constantly being asked if you are adopted 
  • Being rejected by both races you are a part of 
  • Feeling like you don’t fit in with anybody 
  • “What race/ethnicity are you? Circle one” being the hardest question on the paper
  • Questioning whether or not your parents are your real parents 
  • Friends grasping your arms and hair to compare theirs to yours 
  • Being asked “what are you” and “where are you from” and not knowing how to answer 
  • Being told that you look “exotic”
  • “You aren’t hispanic? You look hispanic.” 
  • Your white friends praising your “black side” whenever you just get upset 
  • Your black friends nicknaming you “white girl” and “lightskin”
  • Being called “high yellow” by the older generations. There’s nothing upsetting about it, it’s just confusing for the first few years of your life.
  • “You don’t understand, you aren’t really black/white” 
  • Nobody knows how to do your hair 
  • Literally, nobody. 
  • People think your parents are kidnapping you 
  • learning to tell black people that you are white and learning to tell white people that you are black 
  • Feeling rejected by everybody around you 
  • People trying to do your hair. And fucking it up. Badly.
  • Finding foundation and concealer is the worst because your skin tone changes with the seasons
  • “You should straighten your hair more”
  • “You don’t wash your hair everyday? That’s disgusting.” 
  • Every brush and comb you own will break. 
  • Neither black nor white hair care products work on your hair. 
  • “Is your mom black, or your dad?”
  • Having features that don’t match up well with each other, and being told that its ugly.
  • Your family/home life becomes everybody’s business
  • Being told from childhood that your blackness/whiteness is unattractive to other black/white people.