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AM I ALONE? The Prevalence of Biracial Children in America. Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People By Maria P.P. Root. I have the right……….. Not to justify my existence in this world. Not to keep the races separate within me.
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I have the right………..
Not to justify my existence in this world.
Not to keep the races separate within me.
Not to be responsible for people’s discomfort with my physical ambiguity.
Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.
I have the right……….
To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify.
To identify myself differently from how my parents identify me.
To identify myself differently from my brothers and sisters.
To identify myself differently in different sitiuations.
I have the right……..
To create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial.
To change my identity over my lifetime - - and more than once.
To have loyalties and identification with more than one group of people.
To freely choose whom I befriend and love.
Biracial children are messed up.
The prevailing myth is that biracial children in birth, foster , adoptive and blended homes suffer greatly.
Biracial children are, as a group, as successful as other children.
Because biracial children combine genes from two isolated groups, they show a wide range of mental ability, as well as physical characteristics.Myths and Realities
Given a choice, biracial children choose a minority identity.
Because society does not recognize biracial children, the assumption is that children from interracial marriages all identify with the minority community and view themselves as minorities.
Multiracial students are exploring their total heritage.
While many multiracial adults do identify solely with the minority community – especially those over 30- there is a movement in colleges around the country of multiracial students exploring their heritage.Myths and Realities
My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well.
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?