Ann Curry was born on November 19, 1956. Ann Curry is a Journalist. You may have seen her on the Today Show or Dateline NBC. She is married to Brian Ross and has two children. Curry’s father is Irish, Scottish, German, French and Cherokee. Her mother is Japanese. In a interview to People’s Magazine Curry expressed her thoughts on being Multiracial ” If you’re of mixed race in this country, it’s hard to embrace the idea of being beautiful. But what I love about how I look today is that so many from all races think I’m a part of there group”. Which I agree with Ann Curry, being multiracial does makes me feel ambiguous.
Project Race Teen President
Celisa Calacal: What inspired you to start this group?
Walt Martzen: I think one of the things that really got me thinking about how mixed people define themselves is when I went to ECAASU [East Coast Asian-American Student Union] last year with Asian-American Alliance. … There was a lot of good discussion that happened around talking about what it means to be Asian in that context and also what it means to be mixed. … It’s something that I struggled with at first and I didn’t realize, but I would call myself half-Chinese or half-white and that kind of language, I didn’t realize how it kind of isolated me. And so, I think from those conversations I kind of realized how important it is that, even while as mixed people, we are allies for different people, especially when maybe you look more white and people can’t tell you’re Asian or you look more like a certain race, and it’s important that we also take care of ourselves and that we look after our own health, and I think that’s one of the things that we want to do.
CC: Why do you think talking about biracial and multiracial identities is important?
WM: Because it’s not really talked about. One of the things that really strikes me in reading in media and politics is that people don’t seem to highlight that some people are mixed. And I’m not sure why, I want to maybe figure out why that is. But you know, for example, President Obama, people don’t say he’s the first mixed president, he’s the first black president, but he’s mixed and that’s something that doesn’t seem to be highlighted. … And in my mind, I feel like oftentimes it comes back to that kind of binary — the need to think in terms of binary. People want to be able to identify people by race, and mixed people come along and we’re like, ‘I’m sorry, it’s not that easy.’ And I think that’s one of the things that we want to try and talk about and see if there’s some way to define it or some way to step away from the need to define it or something like that.
CC: What are some misconceptions about being biracial or multiracial?
WM: I guess the notion that we’re half-something or half-that, or that being mixed or being biracial or multiracial is easier. I think, a lot of times, people talk about people who are mixed as, “Oh, you’re so lucky.” And in a lot of senses, I will say, you know, I think I’m super privileged and super lucky that I’m mixed and I get to have my feet in two very different worlds, two very opposite continents. But at the same time, it’s a struggle. … To find community as a mixed person, and you try and fit yourself into different communities and be a part of that but sometimes you’re not fully seen as part of that community, and that’s something that I think personally — I can’t speak for all mixed people — but personally, it’s sometimes a struggle to be identified as much as you identify.
CC: How have your personal experiences been impacted by the fact that you are biracial?
WM: There have been times where I’ve been mistaken as somebody other than my parents’ child, like there was once where … it was mistaken that my mom was my nanny, which was really terrible. … And then there’s other times where people know you’re mixed, and then people are like, “Wow, that’s so cool, you’re mixed.” … And I don’t know, there’s just a different kind of feeling when some people … just think it’s cool. They tokenize it. They don’t really want to know any details about that, and they will just say that’s cool and then that’s it. … They’re not willing to expand their knowledge about what it means to be mixed because for the most part, if you’re not mixed, how can you know what that’s like? And I think it’s just sometimes being seen as this exotic, tokenized, super pretty bird or something, and it’s kind of a compliment. … People are always saying if you’re mixed, you’re super attractive and stuff. … But I think it becomes this big umbrella thing; it’s like saying all Asians are hot. … These ‘all’ statements, they sound like compliments, but they’re actually harmful because they set an expectation, a stereotype that, if ever it’s not met, it’s like you’re not really mixed.
CC: What do you hope to accomplish?
WM: I mean, I definitely have ideas about what I would love to do from this. I’m a theater major, and I’m an anthropology major. I love the possibility of planning performative qualities to take out of this. Through the group, we might like to do theater games. I just love to use those because I think they’re great for helping us have these conversations. But like I said earlier, although I have these ideas that I would love to happen, I really just want to see what everyone else wants to do. The main thing is, if I were to define what I want to get out of this, is that I want us to cultivate a stronger community as mixed people. I want there to be a place for mixed people to come and be able to talk about things and feel like their identity as mixed — we are not just allies, we are also people, and we have our own complex identities that need to be explored and we need to have a space to explore that. The second thing I guess is education for people who are around us who are not mixed. It’s just a great opportunity for us to be able to share that and be a part of the larger discussion that happens on campus about race and just talking about, “How can you define race?” I think mixed people have a lot to bring to that conversation.
Our sons are biracial and their lives matter, too
My son will be 32 years old this week. When he was three, I took him to nursery school one day and he said, “Mom, I’m black.” I looked at him in his car seat and took a deep breath. I had been practicing the story since the day he was born about the fact that his father was black, and his mother was white, and that made him biracial/multiracial. I began my story and he was silent. I didn’t hear a sound. I began to wonder if I had said too much too soon or if he simply couldn’t process the information. Finally he said, “Mommy? I’m purple now!” He had been learning his colors and was simply trying them all out.
Parents teach their children about colors of the ball, the sky, a rainbow, their shoes, hair bows, food and cars more than we teach about skin colors. But yet, they do learn at very young ages that we all have colors called races. Whether they learn it from teachers, grandparents, neighbors, extended family, babysitters or television, they are taught the racial colors and attitudes. They eventually attach words to colors like love, hate, pretty, ugly, good and bad.
Now comes “Black Lives Matter,” and the senseless killings of black males. I know many mothers of grown black males. I know they don’t want their sons on the streets of America; alone or with friends, day or night, in their own backyard or someone else’s. Their mothers are afraid for them.
I admit it was cute when my son was young. I remember the saleswoman who looked at me, then at my son is his stroller, put her hands together in a little clap and said, “It’s so wonderful when people adopt children from other countries!”
We raised him to befriend people of many races—colors. We lived in neighborhoods that were mixed and he was loved by both sides of his interracial family. His world was multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, and he was safe. Then he grew up.
He looked like Tiger Woods. A spitin’ image. Even though Tiger made it very clear that he considered himself a combination of his races (the word he made up was Cablinasian), people would call him black. People like Fuzzy Zoeller would make jokes about the world’s most famous golfer and fried chicken. People would classify Tiger as black because he “looked black.”
My son, my Tiger, could look black. We weren’t stupid. When he got his driver’s license we explained “driving while black” and taught him how to act if he was ever stopped by the police. His father made certain he never left the house without his identification. But we were not scared.
Now I fear every day. My son could look black to people. He could be stopped by a white (or black) police officer. He could be killed all because of the color(s) of his skin. Your fear for your black son is no bigger than my fear for my biracial one. I’m so sorry for all of us.
Susan Graham is the president of Project RACE, the national civil rights organization advocating for multiracial children.
Now that Americans can select more than one racial category, Seattle ranks high nationally in terms of multiracial population and percentage.
WHEN NEARLY 10 million Americans identify as multiracial — it’s strange to think that just a few decades ago, this community was practically invisible.
That’s because it wasn’t until 2000 that the Census Bureau allowed Americans to choose more than one racial category to describe themselves. Before that, you could pick only one, and people with mixed backgrounds often struggled over the decision about which box to check.
When the Census Bureau made that change, it had an especially profound impact in Seattle. That’s because even though Seattle ranks only 15th in size among U.S. metropolitan areas, our population of multiracial people — about 233,000 — is the fourth-largest. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are the top three, in order.
And among the 50 largest metros, we have the second-highest percentage of people who identify as two or more races. At 6.4 percent, it’s more than twice the U.S. average, according to census data.
The only major metro with a higher percentage than Seattle is Oklahoma City, at 6.7 percent. But the composition of that area’s multiracial population is very different from Seattle’s.
In Oklahoma City, people who are both white and Native American account for more than half of those who say they have at least two races in their background.
But in Seattle, there is no single combination that makes up the majority of multiracial people. The largest group here is people claiming both white and Asian ancestry — about one-third.
The relatively recent acknowledgment of a multiracial identity represents just one chapter in our constantly evolving understanding and attitudes about race. While the census has included questions about race since its inception in 1790, the nature of those questions has changed dramatically.
And through 1960, census-takers themselves determined the race of the individuals they counted,
reflecting the perception that race was a fixed physical trait. It is only since 1970 that race became a matter of self-identity on census forms.
And for multiracial people in particular, that identity can be fluid. Whether someone with a mixed-race background identifies as such is highly personal. And data from the Pew Research Center show that people with certain racial backgrounds are more likely than others to identify as multiracial.
About 70 percent of adults who are both white and Asian identify as biracial — more than any other combination. In contrast, only about a quarter of adults who are white and Native American consider themselves biracial.
So the fact that Seattle has a high percentage of Asians could partly explain why the number of multiracial people here is so high — a higher percentage chooses to identify as such.
Pew’s research shows that, overall, the number of Americans with mixed-race backgrounds could be as much as three times higher than the number who identify as multiracial.
To further complicate the issue, the Census Bureau considers Hispanic an ethnicity rather than a racial category — even though Americans tend to think of Hispanic as a race.
Last night was INCREDIBLE! My life long friend, Sydney McLaughlin, advanced to the Semifinals of the Olympic 400m Hurdles! Sydney just turned 17 last Sunday and I was lucky enough to be with her and a bunch of our friends and family on her special day to sing Happy Birthday and to pray for her adventure to Rio! Sydney is the youngest US track athlete to compete in the Olympics for almost 50 years. And the person who was a little younger in the 1972 games was a high jumper, so she may be the youngest US Olympic runner ever! And experts predict she will be an Olympic star for at least 2 more Olympics after this one.
It’s kinda crazy to see your friend all over the place. People.com? She’s there. Glamour Magazine? She’s there. USA Today? She’s there. Facebook, twitter and instagram? Oh yeah, she’s alllll over there! Including tweets from about a million boys who want to marry her. LOL
If you read my Famous Friday about her back in March, you know that Sydney and her siblings have been friends to Project RACE for years, serving as Project RACE Teen Panelists and on the Project RACE Kids Krew and helping with our minority focused bone marrow registry drives in New Jersey. In that article I wrote, “I am pretty sure we will get to cheer her on in the Olympics one day.” Well one day has come even sooner than I thought!
Be sure to watch her tonight – scheduled for 8:10 PM EST! And if she qualifies, (which she really could because going in she had the 5th fastest time in the world this year) you can cheer her on in the finals Thursday 8/18 at 9:15 PM EST!
GO SYD!!! We are so proud of you.
– Karson Baldwin, President Project RACE Kids
In an AP article that appeared on August 15 titled “Larry Wilmore-hosted ‘Nightly Show’ axed by Comedy” Central, TV writer Frazier Moore wrote that Trevor Noah is black. Project RACE responded below.
Though the end of “The Nightly Show” eliminates a rare black-hosted program from the mainstream airwaves, Alterman dismissed any suggestion that race played a role in the show’s ratings failure or that a minority host might not be considered in the future. Said Alterman conclusively, “We’re all in with Trevor Noah,” who is black.
The truth is:
Trevor Noah is not black, he’s multiracial (colored in his birthplace of South Africa). He was born to a black mother and white father. He self-identifies as multiracial. We will share this with the multiracial community.
The article below is a perfect example of how reallocation of “two or more” data are mistakenly re-tabulated by the U.S. Census Bureau and others. The ten individuals in the example should be “two or more” races, or preferably, “multiracial,” not five African American and five white. –Susan Graham
Methodology: How We Analyzed the Data on Race in N.H.’s Criminal Justice System
Source: New Hampshire Public Radio
Little research has been done in New Hampshire on race and the state’s 10 county jails, which are run by county government. No comprehensive data is available regarding these jails’ populations. But in our recent story, Racial Disparities Increase At Each Step Of N.H.’s Justice System, data provided to NHPR by the Valley Street Jail in Hillsborough County allows a glimpse into the details of who is incarcerated here, and why.
Here are the numbers behind our analysis.
This analysis primarily uses the 2014 Census Population Estimates for Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, and the United States.
Two or more races
The 19,074 people who identify as “two or more races” in New Hampshire present a wrinkle, however, as the jail and arrest data does not have a corresponding category. To accommodate this discrepancy, a distribution is created from the more detailed 2010 decennial Census, and then applied to the 2014 estimated total for individuals identifying with “two or more” races. The counts are distributed evenly among mixed races. For example, if 10 individuals identify as both African American and white in 2010, the “white” category receives 5, and the “African American” category receives 5. If, hypothetically, there were 100 people counted in the “two or more” category in 2010, and 110 in 2014, these would be counted as 5.5 additional whites and 5.5 additional African Americans for the final totals.
As the world tunes into The 2016 Olympic Games, Project RACE wants to highlight all of the multiracial athletes who are competing. For this week’s Famous Friday we will be taking a closer look at the fabulous Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Jessica was born on January 28th, 1986, and she is of Jamaican and Caucasian ancestry. She is a British Track and Field athlete. At 29 year’s old she is a World and Olympic heptathlon champion!! In case you were wondering, a heptathlon is a track and field competition that consists of 7 different events. She also holds the British national record for this competitive event.
Jessica isn’t just an athlete, she is also a mother and wife. She is married to Andy Hill, and they have one son together. His name is Reggie, and Jessica says that he is ‘worth more than any gold medal.’ She acknowledges that having a child changed her body and made it hard to come back to the sports world. It is rumored that the track and field star could possibly retire in 2017.
As great as Jessica’s life is, she notes that it hasn’t always been easy. From injuries to bullies, not everyday was a walk in the park for her. Jessica has said, “I believe we all have a journey. I was once a small girl from Sheffield, dealing with bullies and normal teenage insecurities, but I always believed. And when you do that life can get unbelievable.” I think this advice is totally beautiful, and I encourage you all to never give up on your dreams.
– Lexi Brock
ProjectRACE Teen Co-President
Who Gets To Be ‘Hapa’?
Medical Monday – August 8, 2016
Medical Monday is a service of Project RACE for the multiracial community. We seek, gather, and list health articles of interest to interracial families and people of all races. We welcome health information from outside sources as long as the original source is cited.
1. Minorities less likely to have knee replacement surgery, more likely to have complications
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Morphology and Prevalence Study of Lumbar Scoliosis in 7,075 Multiracial Asian Adults
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
3. Diversity in the Ophthalmologist Workforce
Source: JAMA ophthalmology
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