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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bi-Racial versus Multi-Racial versus Multi-Cultural

I think I use the term bi-racial too much.

Karyn Parson's and her two multi-racial children

In reality, Red Curlz is not just bi-racial.  I, her mommy, am considered Caucasian.  Her daddy is considered African-American.  That is where the term "bi-racial" comes from.  But, those "categories" exist because our government trys to categorize us and put us in this "box" that we really don't fit in.  Right? 

Fact is, both of our families are dervived from many different races and cultures.

My dad's parents were both Czechoslovakian.

My mom's parents were, German, French, Dutch, Scottish...the list continues...or what is also known as Heinz 57, as my mom would say.

The other side of Red Curlz family is not well-known.  African-American, check.

We can trace the family roots back to North Carolina where they lived on a slave plantation.

Why do we have to continue to "check boxes" in order to "define" who and what we are?  Those boxes don't "fit me."  They probably don't "fit" you either.

Has our country, or the World, for that matter, not made enough progress to overcome racial divides? 

God made each of us.  Each of us special in our own right.  As a HUMAN RACE. 

He did not specify a race.  Not as we know it today.  According to our government.  God made the HUMAN RACE.  He made us all different.  But, he made us all the same.

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and Yellow.
Black and White.
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

For the most part, we all have eyes.  Nose.  Mouth.  And ears. 

More importantly, we all bleed red.  We all having beating hearts.  We all have feelings.  That get hurt. 

And they get hurt many times due to this "race card" that is bringing me to write this post. 

I was blessed to grow up in a very diverse community.  San Antonio, Texas. 

I take pride in having a circle of friends so diverse.  We look around many times and laugh...and say, "Hey!  We are the World!"  I represent the Caucasian/European, then we also have African-Americans, Vietnamese, Mexican, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and the list continues...

What a beautiful thing?!?!? 

I bet it would be safe to say we ALL are multi-cultural and multi-racial.  Not just White.  Or Black.  Or Bi-Racial. 

Why can't we oppose "checking boxes" and stand up and promote THE HUMAN RACE????

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them!


Laura said...

Your daughter is GORGEOUS! I have never seen hair like hers!! Unbelievably beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

You MUST come and join us at The Interracial Family Organization. Please register and send us a picture(s) and story. We need families to feature!!
We are going to be officially up and running on Monday.