Daily reminder that exploring your gender identity and sexuality is completely okay and if someone tells you off for ‘switching too much’ ask them why they switch up their meal at their favorite restaurant.
There is a mysterious recurring background character who appears frequently in the manga and Brotherhood. He appears as a man wearing a light-colored suit, with cropped hair and a small moustache, and is sometimes seen with a small child in identical dress. According to the Perfect Guidebook, he is “chasing someone”.
(Source: Perfect Guidebook/Profiles book)
Admin’s note: I’ve spent years trying to figure out what the deal is with this guy and I still don’t know. Since he’s surprisingly unknown in the fandom, I haven’t really found any other information on the subject, and since I don’t have a lot of money I have no idea if he’s mentioned in any of the other FMA guidebooks that weren’t released outside Japan. I do know that he travels a lot and is often seen in places such as train stations, hotels, or restaurants. In fact I think he might be some sort of clone or something, since in the final chapter of the manga, he’s seen in a restaurant with an identical man sitting across from him! Who knows?
“The study revealed that people who identify as multiracial say they experience discrimination based on the part of their heritage that is not white. Here’s how Pew explained it in the write-up (emphasis added):
For multiracial adults with a black background, experiences with discrimination closely mirror those of single-race blacks. Among adults who are black and no other race, 57% say they have received poor service in restaurants or other businesses, identical to the share of biracial black and white adults who say this has happened to them; and 42% of single-race blacks say they have been unfairly stopped by the police, as do 41% of biracial black and white adults. Mixed-race adults with an Asian background are about as likely to report being discriminated against as are single-race Asians, while multiracial adults with a white background are more likely than single-race whites to say they have experienced racial discrimination.”
“According to Pew, other factors that help shape the way people label themselves, and even inspire some Americans to check just one box despite the fact that their parents each checked a different one, are the following: how they look or think they look, who raised them, and which race they identify with (which is no doubt shaped in part by their looks, their upbringing, and the discrimination mentioned above).When asked why they don’t identify as multiracial, about half (47%) say it is because they look like one race. An identical share say they were raised as one race, while about four-in-ten (39%) say they closely identify with a single race. And about a third (34%) say they never knew the family member or ancestor who was a different race. (Individuals were allowed to select multiple reasons.)
Whether it’s good or bad that people feel obligated to categorize themselves at all is the topic of an ongoing debate. But what’s clear — and what this new study further illuminates — is that while racial identity is informed by a lot of things, mathematical equations that slice up heritage into equal proportions divorced from their social context aren’t anywhere near the top of the list.”