A facebook page that I follow (Mixed and Happy) was recently attacked with negative, hateful comments. We know that there are people out there (and a lot of them) who think that us mixed folks are an abomination. Unfortunately, ignoring them and not giving them the time of day is easier said than done. But, arguing with them is truly pointless. Generally, they feel the way they feel and that is all there is to that. Could some of them be open to changing their minds… hmmm… possibly? In any case, in my humble opinion, the best way that we can launch a counterattack against those who shun our existence is to continue to advocate for who we are and our place in this world. And I am not just being an advocate for myself; not just an advocate for my daughter and for my family; I am also being an advocate for every other mixed person in the world who deserves to exist without being harassed, demeaned and devalued.
I would like to explore one comment that was made by an individual who does not support mixing races. While not a racist (of course!), he felt that mixing races is essentially a crime against God and nation. I wish I could explain, but I just don’t get it. Anyhow, in support of not mixing races he was concerned that doing so would be to obliterate the distinct characteristics of individual races/ethnicities. And why on earth would anyone want to do that?! Well, I am going to go out on a limb and say that no one is interested in obliterating any race. There is beauty in our diversity. And truthfully, the world has evolved over time and we all change in some way, but we seem to retain the unique characteristics associated with the multitudes of racial/ethnic backgrounds as well as culture and heritage. When races mix, there is pregnant opportunity to celebrate more of our diversity that we may not have embraced before. Some of us would do it anyway, but for some, the merging with another race is the motivation for expansion.
It is unfortunate that there are people in this world who feel the need to be so hateful. But, I think I feel more pity than anger. They are missing out on the richness of diversity and all the wonderful things it brings. I am thankful for facebook pages like Mixed and Happy. That is exactly what I am! And I will continue to be an advocate for other Mixed and Happies. Hate us or join us – we are the Highbred Nation and we are not going anywhere… check the 2010 Census!