Stop attacking other people for looking different than the character they’re dressed up as! We need to be nice and accept one another! ‘Cause in the end, we’re all just a bunch of nerds, looking to have fun, right?
Shout out to mixed race/mixed heritage kids who don’t have any emotional connection to one side of their heritage and don’t have any desire to have one
Shout out to mixed kids who were never exposed much to that side and get judged by others for not knowing a lot about it
Shout out to kids with an abusive parent and/or bad family experiences that turned them off to the idea of getting to know that part of their heritage
Shout out to kids who, for the last reason, struggle between wanting to reclaim their culture and wanting to have nothing to do with it
Shout out to kids who get shamed by that side of the family for not wanting to participate in the culture because of the negative associations you have due to your bad experiences
Shout out to kids who are mixed with white/European heritage and get shamed by their non-white family for “acting too white”
Shout out to white-passing mixed kids who have to hear how they’re not REALLY black/Asian/Latinx/etc because they don’t “look it”–it IS important for us to acknowledge we have white-passing privilege, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to invalidate the other aspects of our heritage regardless of how much they do or don’t mean to us.
This whole new trend of labeling people by their races disguised as positivity. And I’m not talking about celebrating the accomplishments of someone despite racial discrimination. I’m taking about the posts that go ‘Look at this black girl who did a thing! And she’s black! Black is beautiful! No one will ever talk about this!’. The unnecessary comments on posts of beautiful women or successful people, 'Black don’t crack. Glorious melanin! Black bitches getting shit done!’ and the incessant adding of political agendas to normal posts.
You see pictures of beautiful successful women and the comments are all about how that person is black. You see a man who has done something breaking in science and the comments are all about how he’s black and that black people can do things too and black lives matter, etc. etc. etc. People reblog post after post boiling down successful people to the fact that they’re black. Not that they’re smart, or beautiful, or talented, that they’re black. They aren’t beautiful because they have great complexion, or mesmerizing eyes, or beautiful hair, they’re beautiful because they’re black. That’s the only remarkable quality about them.
No one is even allowed to have any sort of accomplishment without it being some sort of political statement. No one talks about what makes them special. No one talks about the things that they’ve done. Everyone just marvels at the fact that they did that while being black. They were smart and black. Pretty and black. Successful even though they were black.
It’s not even defying stereotypes anymore, it’s feeding into them. It’s almost become a stereotype on its own. It’s saying 'wow this person did something great despite not being white!’. It’s saying that being black is a handicap and celebrating anything black people do as extraordinary because they overcame this handicap instead of the fact that they did something genuinely amazing.
It’s not positivity. It’s not proving that racists and stereotypes are wrong. It’s not really even celebrating that person. It’s celebrating the fact that they did something that’ll prove you right. It’s loving other people because of your political agenda. Because they’re important to your opinion. Because they prove a point. Not because of any kindness of the heart. It’s not positivity and black people, or any race for that matter, are not to be your pawns. People are not to be appreciated because of what they do for you, but because of what they do for humanity and for what they do for themselves.
Mixed race Trans poc who choose to change their names to something “white” are not abandoning their culture(s), mixed race trans poc who choose two names to better fit into both of their worlds are doing what makes them feel right, mixed trans poc who choose a name from one part of their heritage are not ignoring the other part(s), mixed race trans poc can choose whatever name(s) they like because it’s theirs and theirs only.