race positive

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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?

biracial kid problems

- not looking like either of ur parents

- ”oh, you look (other race)”

- ”is that your mom or is some woman kidnapping you?”

- not being able to fit in to either side of the family

- “but mixed babies are so cute!!”

- “where are you from?”

- people trying to guess ur race

- people speaking languages to u that you don’t know because they assume ur race

- oh dear god what box do I check

Biracial kid perks

- you’re beautiful!

- having two cultures to learn about/love

- having friends of all races

- cultural fluidity 

- being totally unique! go you!

learn to love your mixed self!

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Barbie just got an awesome body-positive makeover

For more than 50 years, Barbie has been an icon of fashion and beauty — and body type. Now, Mattel is doing something to forever change what Barbie can actually look like. It’s introducing three new body types: petite, curvy and tall, along with seven skin tones and 22 eye colors. One tweet from a fan shows the subtle detail that makes this so amazing.

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.

You know what trend I really fuckin’ hate?

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.