6 things I wish people understood about being biracial


by Jenée Desmond-Harris on March 11, 2015

I’ve noticed that some people are much less tolerant. They get tied up in knots when people identify in ways that don’t square with their own worldviews or racial math. Check the comments on any article that refers to Obama as the first black president, and you’ll find someone lamenting that he is just as much white as he is black — half and half! — and it doesn’t make sense to call him African-American. But he’s chosen a descriptor that reflects his life experience, and, hard as it is for some to accept, we don’t get to dictate what other people call themselves.


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