It’s Famous Friday!

FAMOUS FRIDAY: Kamala Harris

As a general rule, we here at Project RACE try to avoid Famous Friday stories on people we’ve featured before. But when we do, it’s because they deserve it! I last wrote about Kamala Harris nearly three years ago. My article began like this:

“Most of the world was expecting November 8, 2016 to mark the election of the first female president of the United States.  It did not. Many believe, however, that it was the day when America met the woman who could shatter that glass ceiling”… perhaps as early as 2020.”

And here we are! In three short years, Kamala Harris has gone from California’s Attorney General, to California’s new Junior Senator-Elect, to a top five candidate for President of the United States. On January 21, 2019, Harris announced her candidacy for President in the 2020 election, tying a record set by Bernie Sanders in 2016 for the most donations raised in the day following announcement. Since interring the race, Harris, who was both the second black woman and the first Indian-American ever elected to the Senate, has really stood out in a very crowded democratic field. To date, Harris, the multiracial daughter of an Indian-American immigrant mother and a Jamaican-American father, has raised $35.5 million overall in this campaign, from more than 850,000 individual contributions, including over $11 million in the third quarter of the year. She is a strong debater and has performed very well on the debate stage. Her support rose by between 6 to 9 points in polls following the first Democratic debate.

Since becoming a Senator, she has supported single-payer healthcare, federal legalization of cannabis, support for sanctuary cities, the DREAM Act, and lowering taxes for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

Just this past week she had another big honor when Maya Rudolph played her in a very popular satire skit on Saturday Night Live. Showing she is not afraid to poke fun at herself, Harris, who has over 3 million followers on Twitter, responded playfully to Rudolph’s depiction of her as the coolest candidate in the race in a tweet saying, “That girl being played by @MayaRudolph on @nbcsnl? That girl was me.”

Harris is married to California attorney Douglas Emhoff, who is Jewish and is stepmother to Cole and Ella, Emhoff’s two children from a previous marriage. Her background embodies the racially blended society that is increasingly common across the United States. She calls herself simply “an American,” and said she has been fully comfortable with her identity from an early age.

“We need to work to ensure the leaders reflect the people they are supposed to represent,” she said. “And until we achieve that full representation, I think we should understand we are falling short of the ideals of this country.”

President Harris would be the second multiracial president, after Barack Obama, and certainly a step in that direction!


– Karson Baldwin, President Project RACE Teens

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Why I Won’t Watch Mixed-ish


I knew from the trailer that Mixed-ish, the spinoff from Black-ish would be trouble. But I decided to give the show a fair chance and watch the first episode that came out last week. It goes back in time in the life of Rainbow, a biracial woman. Way back to when she was growing up in a commune—actually a cult—which is hardly the same history as other biracial people in America in the 1980s. In fact, Tracee Ellis Ross, whose mother is Diana Ross and father is Robert Ellis Silverstein, didn’t have a “normal” upbringing. My own children were born in the 80s and they had none of the experiences of “Bow” and her two siblings.

Everything these three children went through was problematic, especially going to school. One other student called them weirdos and asked what they were mixed with. Oh, that again. But here they are made fun of, taunted and laughed at. Do we really need this kind of story about biracial children? What purpose does it serve? It certainly doesn’t right any wrongs done to multiracial people in the 1980s or in 2019. Perhaps it tries to teach a little history—with a bad attitude. I know you’re thinking “but this just a TV show,” but lots of people believed that Archie Bunker and everyone like him was racist, that Lucille Ball was just an airhead, and that Sanford was only a junkyard failure. Do we really need our biracial children to see themselves as exaggerated comedy characters?

Don’t even get me started on the show’s theme song by Mariah Carey, which mentions how mixed-up everyone is.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who plays the father, is also biracial: white and Asian, but no one even mentions that fact in the trailer or premier. I think it’s important in a show about biracial, excuse me, “mixed-ish” people. Children need to learn that multiracial and multiethnic backgrounds are important. What they don’t need to learn is that it means trouble at every mention of the word.

I really felt sorry for the kids when their parents insinuate that they will have to pick one race. The son chooses black and one of the daughters picks white, which makes the parents wonder if they should have spoken to the kids about race and prepared them for reactions from other people. We parents needed to do that in the 1980s and we still do now. There is absolutely no reason not to, unless you watch this show. If you don’t watch Mixed-ish, you may feel just fine about choosing as many as apply. Feel proud about it, and not forced into any identity.

The producers of the show feel as though they are making important historical information available for television watchers. The risk is when the historical information is wrong. Beware of what you learn from this show. In other words, do your own homework. This isn’t a matter of what’s important to learn, it’s a question of right and wrong.

Let’s take a quick look at another related issue. Another “mixed” organization is promoting Mixed-ish and reminding the crowd of its premier. They happen to be the same group who brought you a video on how to do hair recently. It makes sense that they would give both a heads up. Project RACE, on the other hand, is working closely with the U. S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census, and preparing political videos. We have produced programs for children and teens so that they are better informed. I guess it just matters where your interests lie.

So be careful where you get your information and if its interests are the same as yours. You can change your hair every day, but things like voting, self-identification, being counted in the 2020 Census, and learning the correct history are no less important in your life or in this world.


Susan Graham for Project RACE


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Participate in Study

Study of Childhood and Adolescent Experiences of Race and Ethnicity

Do you identify as bi-racial or multi-ethnic? 

Would you like to share your story?


We are conducting a study about the experiences of bi-racial or multi-ethnic individuals during childhood and adolescence and how those experiences have shaped how they view themselves and their sense of identity.



  • You identify as bi-racial or multi-ethnic
  • You are over the age of 18


If you choose to participate:

  • you will be asked to complete an online survey. This survey will ask you to describe three specific events, one from childhood, one from early adolescence, and one within the last 2-years, in which your ethnicity was an important part of the experience.  You will also be asked questions about how you view yourself in terms of your ethnicity, as well as demographic questions.
  • Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and you are not required to respond to any questions with which you are uncomfortable answering.
  • The survey, depending on how much you choose to write about your experiences, should take between 30 – 60 minutes to complete.


Use the QR code to participate at

For taking part in this research study, you will be paid for your time and inconvenience by being enrolled in a random lottery to receive one of four $50 visa gift cards.

If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Ty Partridge, Ph.D. at the following phone number (313) 577-2813.

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Data Includes Multiracial Students

This article illustrates what school data should look like. Note the inclusion of multiracial students. 

State school profiles now include more data: ‘These measures help align us with our district goals’

New measures added to a state education report offer a deeper look at discipline, postsecondary readiness and progress toward state and federal goals at Iowa’s public schools.

The Iowa School Performance Profiles, an online tool showing how public schools performed on required measures, was introduced in December to meet federal and state requirements. It was expanded in May to include additional metrics.

Vickie Murillo, superintendent of Council Bluffs Community School District, welcomed the addition of new areas.

“By reviewing many different measures, our community has the opportunity to see the progress our schools are making,” she said. “While no single data point can tell the story of the impact our teachers have on our students, these measures help us align our district goals to ensure continuous improvement.”

Most of the data is from the 2017-18 school year, while other years are indicated for some.

Progress on state goals includes student performance and interim progress toward meeting state long-term goals for academic achievement, graduation rates and English language proficiency set forth in the state’s plan.

Progress on state goals (selected grades)

Reading — third grade:

CB All: 62.77%; next target 77%; long-term goal 78.5%

LC All: 73.68%; next target 77%; long-term goal 78.5%

CB African American: 45%; next target 51%; long-term goal 54%

LC African American: N.A.

CB Hispanic: 52.53%; target 62.9%; goal 65.9%

LC Hispanic: 56.25%; target 62.9%; goal 65.9%

CB Multiracial: 56.52%; target 72.4%; goal 75.4%

LC Multiracial: 69.23; target 72.4%; goal 75.4%

CB White: 65.98%; target 81.6%; goal 83.1%

LC White: 75.51%; target 81.6%; goal 83.1%

Mathematics — third grade:

CB All: 66.08%; target 79.7%; goal 81.2%

LC All: 67.11%; target 79.7%; goal 81.2%

CB African American: 55%; target 51.4%; goal 54.4%

LC African American: N.A.

CB Hispanic: 52.48%; target 68.5%; goal 71.5%

LC Hispanic: 31.25%; target 68.5%; goal 71.5%

CB Multiracial: 56.52%; target 73.8%; goal 76.8%

LC Multiracial: 61.54%; target 73.8%; goal 76.8%

CB White: 69.74%; target 84.2%; goal 85.7%

LC White: 70.92%; target 84.2%; goal 85.7%

Reading — 11th grade

CB All: 60.73%; target 78.9%; goal 80.4%

Shutting Down the Rumor Mill

Charles Michael Byrd wrote an article for the very conservative Washington Examiner on July 31 about Kamala Harris. He wrote, “mixed-race Americans are rightfully concerned that the government might shelve the multiple box option altogether.” I had a long conference call with Census Bureau executives this week and they stated there are NO PLANS to do this and they have no idea where it came from. Indeed, when I wrote to Byrd and appealed to him on social media, he never answered. It’s true that you never know what will happen in Washington, especially with the current administration, but this was a surprise to the Census Bureau and they were adamant about the situation. Case closed.

The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health

The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics looks at the effects of racism on children’s development, starting in the womb.


CreditEdwin J. Torres for The New York Times

This month the American Academy of Pediatrics put out its first policy statement on how racism affects the health and development of children and adolescents.

“Racism is a significant social determinant of health clearly prevalent in our society now,” said Dr. Maria Trent, a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who was one of the co-authors of the statement.

Racism has an impact on children and families who are targeted, she said, but also on those who witness it. “We call it a socially transmitted disease: It’s taught, it’s passed down, but the impacts on children and families are significant from a health perspective,” said Dr. Trent, who is the chairwoman of the A.A.P. section on adolescent health. Social transmission makes sense here, because race itself is a social construct, she said: “Genetically, we’re very much the same.”

But the impact of bias on children’s health starts even before they’re born, Dr. Trent said. Persistent racial disparities in birth weight and maternal mortality in the United States today may in part reflect the deprivations of poverty, with less availability of good prenatal care, and poorer medical care in general for minority families, sometimes shaped by unacknowledged biases on the part of medical personnel. High rates of heart disease and hypertension also persist among African-Americans.

There is also increasing attention to the ongoing stress of living with discrimination and racism, and the toll that takes on body and mind throughout life.

That kind of chronic stress can lead to hormonal changes and inflammation, which set people up for chronic disease. Studies show that mothers who report experiencing discrimination are more likely to have infants with low birth weight.

Dr. Nia Heard-Garris, an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, was the lead author of a 2017 review of research studies looking at the impact of racism on children’s health. Too often, she said, studies control for race without considering what experiences are structured into society by race.

The experiences that shape parents also resonate in their children’s lives, Dr. Trent said; parents and caregivers who reported they had been treated unfairly were more likely to have children with behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In another study, African-American boys from 10 to 15 who had experiences with racism were more likely to have behavior problems like aggression. During childhood, she said, stress can create hypervigilance in children who sense that they are living in a threatening world.

And though the A.A.P. has been preparing the statement for almost two years, it comes at a moment when discussions of racism are often in the news, and children may need extra support and care. “While I think society has made tremendous leaps, the reality is we’re seeing a bump in these issues right now,” Dr. Trent said.

The statement directs pediatricians to consider their own practices from this perspective. “It’s not just the academy telling other people what to do, but examining ourselves,” Dr. Trent said. Pediatricians and others involved in children’s health need to be aware of the effects of racism on children’s development, starting in the womb, she said.

Pediatric clinical settings need to make everyone feel explicitly welcome, with images of diverse families up on the wall and with the capacity to provide care in different languages. Those efforts can also include the reception families get at the front desk — and who is staffing that front desk — as well as who is seeing patients in the exam rooms.

“The toys you have in your waiting room should be multicultural,” said Dr. Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “Bring in multicultural dolls, multicultural figurines, books, videos.”

And the pediatric office needs to be a “safe space” to talk about anything that is worrying the child or the parents, such as whether a child is being bullied, or is bullying.

The statement calls on pediatricians to improve their own practices, but also to get involved in their communities. “Many of us work in education settings and then also justice settings — the goal is really community change,” Dr. Trent said, citing collaborations with emergency medical workers, for example, or advocacy for clean and safe water for the children of Flint, Mich.

“I think there are times where racism is super explicit: Somebody called my kid a name, wrote something on a wall, said something at school,” said Dr. Heard-Garris, who heads an A.A.P. group working on minority health, equity and inclusion. But children may also face more insidious bias in terms of lowered expectations from teachers.

Dr. Spinks-Franklin, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, said that racial awareness in children follows a set of milestones. By the time children are 3, she said, they begin to recognize normal human variations, including skin color, but without assigning value to them. “A 4-year-old recognizes basic racial stereotypes,” she said. Parents need to be aware of what their children are watching, and provide diverse books and stories with strong positive models.

And then in adolescence, as children explore racial and cultural identity, they tend to show strong preferences for their own groups, sorting themselves out by table in the cafeteria.

The goal of racial identity development, Dr. Spinks-Franklin said, is by young adulthood to have a healthy sense of who you are, recognizing your own cultural group without demonizing others. But not everyone gets there.

The most harmful thing is when children internalize racism. “They see so much negativity about people like them they develop negativity about themselves,” Dr. Trent said.

As children are growing and developing, race and racism are tricky topics for parents to navigate, Dr. Heard-Garris said. She wrote an essay in the journal JAMA Pediatrics about her “4-year-old caramel-skinned son” telling her that he was white sometimes, because he had a friend in preschool who played only with white kids. “We may not always get this right — here I am, a person who studies the effect of racism on kids,” she said. “I totally missed the mark.”

[Read the A.A.P.’s guidance on discussing racial bias with children and tipsheets for parents from EmbraceRace.]

These conversations aren’t only for families of color. Dr. Heard-Garris said that one important message parents can convey to their children is, “We’re not perfect, we’re going to mess up when we talk about this, but I think it’s important that we talk about this, and please come back and talk about this when you see things.”

Children, Dr. Trent said, are watching.

“They’re watching our words, our behavior — they’re waiting for us to teach them differently for a healthy future.”

Study Highlights Biracial Americans

Study Highlights Unique Stereotypes About Biracial Americans

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A new study looked at stereotypes developing around biracial people. Portra/Getty Images

Biracial people are one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. From 2000-2010, the number of self-identified biracial people (that is, people who identify with two races) increased by over a third. But, so far, very little research has been done on them. However, a study, published in July, 2019, in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that as the population of biracial people in the U.S. grows, stereotypes about them are taking shape.

The researchers asked a sample of more than 1,000 people to check off from a list which stereotypes they felt described people in six different types of biracial identities: black/white, Asian/white, black/Hispanic, black/Asian, Hispanic/Asian, and Hispanic/white. A seventh study had participants compare biracial stereotypes in more than one biracial category.

Two stereotypes consistently came up: Biracial people are attractive and struggle with fitting in.

Biracial Sterotypes

“It seems like when people think about biracial people, they attribute unique stereotypes that are not consistent with their monoracial parents,” says Sylvia Perry, co-lead author of the study and a psychology professor at Northwestern University.

The researchers found this aspect of the findings extremely interesting. Previous research suggested that people might assume biracial individuals are much more like the race of one parent than the other. For example, most people think of President Barack Obama as a black man, even though one parent was black and the other was white. Based on the results of this study, however, it appears biracial people are being thought of more and more as having their own unique characteristics.

Perry says understanding these emerging stereotypes is important because “they inform assumptions. We use these mental shortcuts to inform us about who they [biracial people] are, if they are someone we want to connect with or even hire.”

You might be thinking this means that biracial people have a leg up because they’re thought of as attractive. Not so fast.

“Stereotypes are positive and negative,” says Perry. “One might characterize it just as a positive attribute, but that doesn’t mean the way it manifests in life is positive.”

Perry uses an example of a common stereotype applied to Asian people, that they’re good at math. It might be thought of as a good thing.

“But if an Asian person is not good at math, or wants someone to think about other parts of them, that could be very threatening or negative toward their self esteem,” Perry explains.

The same might apply to stereotyping everyone in a group as attractive — it might mean that people don’t think they could also be smart or something else at the same time.

Perry says researchers still aren’t entirely sure where this stereotype about being biracial and attractive originated, but they have some ideas. One draws on biology, and suggests that people with greater genetic variation, i.e. different combinations of genes, are better able to adapt to their environment and survive. So, perhaps humans have evolved to find the outward manifestation of genetic variation attractive.

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Lenny Kravitz performs during the third day of Lollapalooza Buenos Aires 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Kravitz’ father was white and his mother was black.
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A second idea is that across the U.S. a lot of people still haven’t knowingly had many interactions with biracial people in person, and thus their only exposure comes through the media. It would follow that their impression of biracial people is based on an unrepresentative sample that skews towards what the masses might deem attractive.

As for biracial people struggling to fit in, Perry says there is other research that shows this is consistent with what many biracial people experience. How this plays out in social situations may confound the problem.

“If people assume because you can’t fit in you might be socially awkward, it might impact your ability to connect in friendships,” Perry says.

In Their Own Words

One of the limitations about these findings, Perry points out, is that 71 percent of the participants in the study were white. “It’s possible people of color and biracial people might have different stereotypes,” she says. She and her team hope to do follow-up studies in the future. In the meantime, I asked some biracial people what they thought of the findings.

Rube Hollis, 36, is a civil servant who works and lives in Washington, D.C. His mother is Korean and his father is black, but he is hesitant to identify as biracial. “The term ‘biracial’ is a bubble on a scantron [form] to me,” he says. He notes that the only time he thinks about being biracial is when he’s had to identify his race on a government form.

Hollis says it’s difficult to generalize because so much of his experience of race depends on the context. But if he had to make one generalization about biracial people, it would be that they “have a wider range of perspective in dealing with other cultures, and are therefore more likely to embrace and understand other cultures.”

Hollis grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood, and at the time he easily identified as black. Now, he tries to avoid being racially categorized as much as possible.

“As a male and being gregarious it’s always been easier for me to talk to strangers,” he says. But, “My sister had a lot of difficulty fitting in. This doubles down when she’s viewed as Asian because she is supposed to be silent and demure. If she speaks out, she’s fighting against the black stereotype of being loud and angry.”

Aila Gomi, 24, is a material engineer in Columbus, Ohio. Her mother is white and her father is Japanese. “I feel like it’s hard because when you say biracial there’s so many combinations. I have a friend who is biracial but she’s half Central American and half European. She doesn’t have the same [issues] I do,” she says. “One common thing can be language difficulty where people who identify as biracial but feel unaccepted by one side because of a language barrier or appearance, it can hinder that relationship as well.”

For instance: “In Japan I automatically get labeled as a foreigner; they don’t see me as Japanese because I don’t look it,” she says. “As soon as I start speaking in Japanese, they realize very quickly [that I am Japanese] based on the fact that I know their language and connect with them in that way. In the U.S. it’s not until I mention something about my culture that people realize, oh, I’m half Japanese.”

It’s Famous Friday!

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien is an influential broadcast journalist and executive producer who just so happens to be multiracial. Born in St. James, New York, O’Brien grew up with her Cuban mother and Australian father. Interracial marriage wasn’t legal in Maryland at the time her parents wanted to be together but this didn’t stop them. They drove to Washington D.C. for the ceremony because the law was less strict there. Soledad was the fifth of six children who all graduated from Harvard University. Growing up her parents were never afraid to water down their relationship or who they were in public. They were proud of the love they had and taught it to their children every day.

O’Brien married Bradford Raymond in 1995.She was pregnant with her first child when she received her degree from Harvard University in 2000. She went on to have 4 children; two daughters and twin sons.

O’Brien started her career as an associate producer for WBZ-TV then joined NBC News in 1991. O’Brien was a co-anchor at NBC News with David Bloom. She presented stories on important events such as the 1990s school shootings in Oregon and Colorado and John F. Kennedy Jr’s plane crash. In 2003, O’Brien got a job at CNN where she reported programs that aired live from New York City.

O’Brien was always interested in giving a voice to minority groups in America. In 2009 O’Brien created a documentary called “Latino in America.” It brought light to the hard lives of the Latino community and how they faced each day in America. This documentary was the stepping stone to her CNN special “Black in America” which aired in July of 2007. This program highlighted the successes and struggles that black men and women have faced 40 years after the tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Soledad O’Brien continues her work today helping others have a voice and a story through the media outlets she organizes.


Alexis Cook, Project RACE Teens Co-President


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Multiracial Lego Family!

Black-Owned Custom LEGO® Subscription Box Aims to Create Global Citizens and Develop Engineering Skills

August 5, 2019

Real Life Bricks, Black-owned custom Lego subscription box

Seattle, WA — Real Life Bricks, a company created to fill the LEGO® toy diversity gap, is set to offer their Real Life Bricks Playbox – a custom, monthly LEGO® subscription box designed to reflect the diversity of the real world with African American mini-figures. The box will also facilitate social-emotional learning and cultivate engineering skills.

In 2018, as a response to LEGO® sets’ ubiquitous yellow minifigures that the toy maker says are meant to represent every ethnicity, Real Life Bricks developed custom heads and hands to convert monochromatic minifigures to African American minifigures and minifigures representative of Black and Brown skin tones. The conversion kits also include biography trading cards for each minifigure character, meant to positively represent diverse people and lives around the world.Subscribers to the company’s new Real Life Bricks Playbox can choose from The Architect Playbox, loaded with LEGO® bricks; games and activities; and an exclusive, custom, collectible racially diverse minifigure and accompanying biography card introducing different modes of living and locations around the world; or The Engineer Playbox, which adds LEGO® Technic elements and guides children to build their own small-scale engineering projects.

Real Life Bricks is helmed by a multiracial family – wife and husband, Giselle and Josiah Fuerte, along with their preschool-age son who is 10% owner – who developed their conversion kits after they had a difficult time finding Black and Brown minifigure characters to better represent their children, family, and friends.

“We are an AfroLatinx and white multiracial family. But there is a huge gap in toys that mirror the way my children look,” said President of Real Life Bricks, Giselle. “Research shows that when Children of Color play with toys and characters that look like them, it builds their self-esteem and lays the foundation for leadership skills. And white children develop compassion for other races when they see positive representations of People of Color in media and toys. Our product can help parents normalize diversity while also helping their children develop a passion and aptitude for STEAM.”

The Real Life Playbox is part of the new Real Life Bricks Membership that includes a number of benefits such as an online library of additional activities, games, and courses, and a private membership group to connect and learn with others in the Real Life Bricks community.

About Real Life Bricks LLC:
Real Life Bricks ( positions itself at the intersection of demographic reality, the promotion of the healthy self-image of children, and the benefits of constructing with construction toys like LEGO® bricks. They show parents of color and their children how valued and important they are by providing minifigures in the skin colors that resemble them. Non-POC parents and children are given the gift of playing with minifigures that reflect the demographic realities of the world they live in, thereby enabling their positive connections to humans of all races and ethnicities. Real Life Bricks is not associated with the LEGO® Group of Companies. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group.

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Freedom of Speech?

Freedom of Speech?

I don’t react well when people tell me I can’t do something. It’s why I have been successful in getting many gains for multiracial people. I never let governments, local or federal, tell me my children and those like them could not choose to be multiracial. But, you can’t have it both ways.

Arguments recently came up on a popular Facebook page called, “The Multiracial Activist,” administrated by James Landrith. It’s his page, but is understandably for and about the multiracial community. This is what Landrith posted about the recent arguments:

“ENOUGH. I do NOT have time to police DECADES of disagreement between certain parties. If you want to fight, do it

elsewhere. You are already fighting in several other forums. Before anyone starts with the “I’m the true victim” play, no – after

20 years of this shit a lot of hands are filthy with bad behavior. Some of these animosities date back to the mid 1990s. There

are members of this forum who weren’t even born when some of the fights started. Move it along to another forum. Now.”

I have never personally met any of the people who are taking potshots at me. Not one. There is a woman named Pam who says I’m racist. I am white, was raised by a Black woman, was married to a Black man for 24 years, and have multiracial children. I am now married to a Portuguese-American and we live in a largely Mexican community. I can’t conceive of anyone thinking I’m racist against anyone or as Pam says that I don’t like Black people.

Another person, Thomas, has his own axe to grind with me, apparently, although I don’t know what it is. I’d sincerely like to know. But still….

In many ways, we’re talking about freedom of speech here. The right to say what we will, although we may have to step lightly on social media. You can’t tell me I’m not supposed to answer my few critics and expect me to just shut up. I’ll respect that it’s your forum, but you sure put many things up there that offend me. I don’t like racial epithets any more than the next person, but I would not harm someone over them.

Project RACE remains a forum that upholds our mission statement and will remain so unless someone is physically threatened or attacked, which is too frequent in this country. We send our love and thoughts to the victims of horrible racism in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, and hope the true racists stop the madness.

Susan Graham

Author: Born Biracial: How One Mother Took on Race in America