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The Multiracial Movement

Monday, July 12, 2010

I tend to avoid conversations about race.  Just like conversations about religion and politics, people tend to get too emotional and intense with one another as they try to prove their point.  A point - I might add - that is ultimately mere opinion speckled with some convenient facts.  Conversations get heated, people get mad, and there is rarely any positive outcome.  What a downer.  
What I will say is that® celebrates culture and diversity and there is no place on this blog for any type of cultural division...just inclusion and the right to self-identify.  That being said, the video above is a snippet from a new award winning documentary that explores the social, political, and religious impact of the multiracial movement, a movement that has always been around, but one that has picked up steam as a result of the election of our current President of the United States.  Click here for the director's statement. 
You might also find interest in Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids, a pictorial by Kip Fulbeck, an American artist, spoken word performer, slam poet, and professor.  His photo exhibit was on display during the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival last month, where President Obama's sister Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng spoke about her mixed race experience"There has never been much ambiguity for [Barack]," said Soetoro-Ng, 39. "He was able to claim his [cultural] identity as he made his commitment to community organizing, to being a leader and lawyer."
And although I have no problem admitting that this is terribly interesting from a cultural-sociological point of view, I am so looking forward to the day when none of this really matters.



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