May Is Mixed Experience History Month: Bi-Racial? Tri-Racial? Mutt? Mixed-Marriage? May Is For You!

biracial-girlTwo years ago our friend Light-Skinned-ed Girl declared May to be Mixed Experience History Month. Shona and I hope the idea catches on because those of us who are Heinz 57 and/or in mixed-race marriages need to reflect upon our roots once in a while.

If you have to ask “What’s the big deal?”, well, perhaps you need to think about it a little more. There are many more of us than ever before but when we talk with other mixies, the experience is generally the same: neither black nor white, and not really accepted by either race.

Skin colour still matters in Barbados and if you mix the marriage on top of that… look out!

Today is Mother’s Day so we’ll be heading over to see Auntie Moses because both our Mums are gone. The boys are all dressed up and (so far) still neat and clean.

That, however, will change! 🙂

See you later, friends.

Further Reading

BFP: The Amistad – When One Branch Of The Family Tree Used To Own The Other…

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34 responses to “May Is Mixed Experience History Month: Bi-Racial? Tri-Racial? Mutt? Mixed-Marriage? May Is For You!

  1. J

    BFP wrote “who are Heinz 57 and/or in mixed-race marriages need to reflect upon our roots once in a while.”

    Don’t you and Shona get tired of staring at your navels?

  2. J

    Dear BFP you wrote “neither black nor white, and not really accepted by either race.”

    Look, people love their family and friends (sometimes)

    If you are not our family or friend why should we love or accept you?

    Stupseeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Aggghhh!!!!!!!!!!!! More navel staring

  3. kiki

    genetically mixed races have the best genes
    genetically no races are pure
    in the white world mixed race is treated as black

    (sorry for commenting on such an insignificant irrelevant subject matter)

  4. Eddie

    Kiki,

    Agree with you on the “insignicance of the article”; but how did you come up with the theory that “genetically mixed races have the bews genes?….”

  5. Shame, Shame

    Frankly, I’d rather be a navel gazer than an anal retentive.

  6. kiki

    cross breeding

  7. Edward

    you are not very intelligent… you sound like a Nazi! It can be argued the opposite way if one was mean enough… shame on you!

  8. Ecoanalyst

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6293333.stm
    Yorkshire clan linked to Africa

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8027269.stm
    Africa’s genetic secrets unlocked

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7358868.stm
    Human line ‘nearly split in two’

    Recent genetic research has confirmed that earliest man came out of Africa and spread around the world. The BBC carried a number of articles that explained the fact that the whole idea of “RACE” is ridiculous as we are all descended from the same roots with various branches. So called racial groups have characteristics due to climate, diet etc, and being cut off from other groups due to geography.

    The first article highlights the fact that many so called white people are mixtures of various groups including Africans. Trade and slavery over the last 500 years has accelerated this fact. It is really laughable to see some Barbadians live the pretense of being pure “White”, when they carry the genetic markers of African blood. Some could not even pass for southern Italian or Spanish (both mixed with African migration and conquest), yet they struggle with their skin bleaches and hair straighteners to pass for white.

    As a person of mixed heritage I know their struggle. It is sad to see them averting my eyes as they realize that I know their secrets… poor souls. Some of the most virulent racists come from this group of “nearly whites” who refuse to accept that their blackness should be accepted as all mankind are from the same roots. What many are deathly afraid of is that their children go for the real thing – maybe a black Rasta. This is happening in many cases and this blog subject reflects this fear.

    Frankly, I was surprised that in 2009 with President Barack Obama – a mixed race person- as President of the USA that this subject could be so highlighted. But this is Barbados and the “Local Whites” are struggling to be assimilated. The “Foreign Whites” are not helping their cause as they seem to mix more freely with black Barbadians… much to the chagrin of the racists.

    The most beautiful people are those of obviously mixed race with their curly hair like “Bizzy ” Williams. Have you noticed how “mixed kids” are admired by almost everyone as they play on the beach etc. Being mixed with African genes means universality and connectedness to all so called races and connected to our roots in Africa where all mankind originated. Hating black people and denigrating them may mean that your daughter or son marries one… so beware!

    Whether you believe this or not the facts are being reveled through science and genetics. This racial nonsence has to be put in the wastebasket of history….. so get real you so called White Bajans”… this is 2009!

  9. kiki

    it usually is argued the other way (incorrectly)
    nazi’s hated jews, (shame on you)

  10. kiki

    people have been mixing since the beginning of time
    plates have shifted and land masses drifted

  11. kiki

    sorry, culturally there are still prejudices, sensitivities and other issues for consideration

  12. akabozik

    When a Barbados government minister is allowed to get away with saying that no “Caucasian male” should dare criticize “a Barbadian Government in this day and age”, race still means something.

    (That was Liz Thompson talking to Mr. Goddard on national TV about Greenland dump)

  13. bad boy jim

    there is only one race of people.That is the human race . out of africa.

  14. J

    Dear akabozik:

    You wrote “(That was Liz Thompson talking to Mr. Goddard on national TV about Greenland dump)”

    But surely you know tha Liz was not the sharpest crayon in the box?

  15. 199

    Surely, there’s no such thing as brown/black race discrimination either in Bim or any part of the world! Surely, it’s a product of your fertile imagination!!

  16. crossroads

    I was born in Barbados, live in Barbados and my navel string buried here! I AM A BAJAN, don’t really care about race. You speak of so called white bajans and their quote ” struggle with their skin bleaches and hair straighteners to pass for white”. Really, I would say that quite a few Black Bajans practice this habit.

  17. Artful Dodger

    I don’t understand this long standing mind-set that if you are of mixed black and white, why you have to be one or the other. I also do not agree with the old agage that if you have one drop of black in you that you are black, regardless of what you may look like. Why can you not simply be black AND white and be accepted as such?

  18. crossroads

    i born in babaydas

  19. reluctant nonbeliever

    Valid and interesting post.

    Except for this sentence:

    “The most beautiful people are those of obviously mixed race with their curly hair like “Bizzy ” Williams.”

    Bizzy beautiful?!

    *lol*

    You have GOT to be kidding….

  20. Artful Dodger

    kiki: You gonna call on Allah soon?

  21. kiki

    Fear Of A Black Planet

  22. crossroads

    HAHAHAHA

  23. kiki

    No man. I’m a Christian.
    FArtful Dodger is full of SHite

  24. kiki

    beastie boys – Unite

    who says white guys can’t rap

    When it comes to competition we’ve got them locked
    U.N.I.T.E.
    A little shout to Ian and little Zoe
    One can wonder why but can’t deny
    If we could work it out it would be so fly
    We’ll never know unless we try
    So tell me party people what’s your zodiac sign

    Breakdancers of the world unite
    BBoys of the world unite

    I went inside the deli and my man’s like what
    I write the songs that make the whole world suck
    I need to break it down every chance I get
    So “Ssshhh we keep it raw on the set”
    Automation circulation
    This is for the people all around the nations
    I got books with hooks and it looks like rain

  25. Anonymous

    Agreed – one race. And what is this crap about African genes? Stupse- if there was such a thing…we all have them.

  26. reality check

    race topics are always good for lots of comments. It never fails.

    Like it or lump it we are all mongrels of some mix or another. This diversity makes for an exciting and interesting world!

    Those with myopic views dwell on fear instead of the opportunity of those things that bind us together on this very fragile planet.

  27. reluctant nonbeliever

    24 hours later and I still dizzy from the idea that Bizzy an example of mixed-race beauty…

  28. kiki

    if anyone is excluded from society because of their race, it doesn’t mean they are not alive, it means that you have an ignorant society that is doing the devils work

  29. J

    Reluctant non-believer wrote “24 hours later and I still dizzy from the idea that Bizzy an example of mixed-race beauty…”

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. All 7 billion+ people in the world are beautiful to somebody.

  30. reluctant nonbeliever

    Spare me your trite observations, J.

    I was just having a bit of fun.

    Obviously enough to anyone with a sense of humour…

  31. VincyMan

    I’d like to send a shout out
    to My Favorite Mixed Experience May Celebrity,
    with Barbadian roots Sexy. Meagan Good!

    http://aalbc.com/reviews/meagan_good.htm

    I can’t get up from my desk, now.

  32. Anonymous

    YEAH my own month, I am a Guyanese and I am of mixed race, in Guyana I am coloured, in America I am African American. I never met my white family members, I only know my African family, so I say I am African mixed, supposedly I have relatives in jolly old Henglund, and all the Guyanese family say to me, oh you should try to find them, but I say no, not interested, they could be poor white people and then they will want me to send them things and money. Anyway YEAH May is mixed race month.

  33. Knight of the Long Knives

    She is special indeed!

  34. Frank

    Quote:J
    May 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. All 7 billion+ people in the world are beautiful to somebody.

    Well said “J”
    Im a white person born and raised in Europe in a Communist and self isolated country called Albania. Now I live in Canada ,since 1999.Im 50 y old.
    Reading about Barbados and its people I stumbled upon this blog and related comments. All I wanted to know is how black people consider themselves, what they thing about other races , interracial marriages and more. I will remember you, nice people, that, sadly enough, racism is not only between white and black or white and brown etc, but I have seen it between white people too, like in my country with only 5 million people, speaking same native language . North Italians ,for instance, are racist against south Italians, south Albanians to north ones etc. Marriage between these people is rare and seen like interracial, means not widely accepted. Let alone the fact of how todays West Europeans treat other white emigrants or Serbia Cosovo conflict.