A Reminder

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.


Featured Image: http://www.autostraddle.com/starting-a-different-conversation-on-mixed-racebiracialmultiracial-visibility-and-inclusion-237314/

2 thoughts on “A Reminder

  1. amaanstewart

    I really love how you brought up the fetishizing of women people of color. I think it’s a really important topic to bring up, especially in the conversation of race. I feel it’s important for people to know the difference between having a preference and fetishizing a race. I think this is an underrated issue.

  2. Deborah Wood

    For those of you who read Malcolm X over the summer, he has several sections on interracial dating and the responses he felt were common in both the black and white communities in the 1960s. The dynamics of colonization appear in ways some people think about interracial couples and dating.

    On a separate note, I have found it fascinating that when I showed “Race: The Power of an Illusion” in P&J class in 2005-2007, students were always very curious about the race of the mixed race experts they interviewed. Since then, I rarely hear the question from students. Not sure if that means students are more or less comfortable asking about or commenting on racial identities.


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