We can have spaces to discuss our experiences as mixed raced people...but can we stop throwing mono-racial PoC under the bus?
Okay. I know this isn’t exactly fandom related but its something that I wanted to talk about and say my peace on. I would rather get it out than sit here stewing over it and getting infuriated every night. And for context, yes I am a mixed black woman, so this whole issue feels wrong to me in so many ways.
There are mixed individuals who benefit from colorism and privileges that other mixed (and mono-) individuals do not. And there are mono-racial people who, because they are already racially privileged, benefit over mixed raced PoC. Both are true and you don’t need to invalidate one to acknowledge the other. BUT mono-racial doesn’t give you privilege over mixed raced PoC by default. That’s where our intersections come in and that’s when its time to listen and understand instead of throwing mono-racial PoC under the bus.
So, can we not try to claim ownership of experiences that mono-racial PoC experience (you know, the same things we can experience too))? We’re not the only ones who deal with identity issues, we aren’t the only ones who get the “but what are you really” microagressions. They do too, and that’s like Racism 101 stuff. This Us vs. Them crap is getting ridiculous.
*I’m not trying to speak for or devalue anyone’s individual experience, this is based off my own personal ones. If anyone wants to read more of my opinion on this just hit the “read more”.