This week I spent a large deal of time finishing up my facial recognition test. While I did this, I had a very shocking reminder of why I’m taking on this project.
To complete my test, I had to find several images of multiracial people. I thought that this was going to be a challenge; however, I was surprised by the massive quantity of images of multiracial people, especially women. At first, I thought nothing of it and chalked it up to luck. It wasn’t until I began reading the comments attached to these images that I began to get upset.
The comments fetishized these women, women who did not ask for anyone’s opinion. As a multiracial person myself, I am disgusted by the way multiracial people are treated online and in person. This multiracial fantasy makes people feel like sex objects and creates an uncomfortable dynamic while dating.
These images and comments only made my work more meaningful. There is no doubt that implicit bias has an effect on the way our society perceives multiracial people, and therefore, reducing implicit bias will help not only multiracial people, but all people of color. In fact, reducing implicit bias helps everyone! But until we reach the day where everyone is aware of there biases, we must accept ourselves and be proud of our identity.