Category Archives: multi-racial

Sometimes The Debate Just Tires You Out

After much deep thought (well semi-deep at least) I have decided to discontinue this blog. It is in part because my film production company and talent management company are keeping me extremely busy these days, but the biggest reason frankly is just fatigue from trying to open people’s minds.

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin trial, I have watched the racial division get even more entrenched between those I feel are trying very hard to get people to to realize the many subtle and profound ways race plays into life in America, and those on the other side who simply refuse to see it. I think I have come to realize that blogs like mine either preach to the choir of those who are like-minded already (though it has been a joy to meet so many through this blog) or it goes to those who simply want to argue and no matter what logic is used, prefer to discount.

I have also reluctantly come to the conclusion that at the end of the day, for the most part, the only people that can impact white racism, in terms of getting people to maybe possibly listen, is another white person. When a person of color, especially a black man, tries to discuss what racism feels like, it is hard for some whites, the ones who most need to hear it, to get beyond the fact that a black person is saying it. They see it as whining, complaining, exaggerating, being mistaken, everything but being what it is. And certainly the same may well be true for dealing with closed minded blacks or other minorities, only other people of color may be be able to get through to them also.

The reality of this fact hit me the most in the aftermath of President Obama’s wonderful discussion on the Trayvon Martin verdict. It was heartfelt, honest and just a man talking about his real life experience. Yet the outcry from those who don’t like Obama or don’t want to hear that black male view was swift and ugly in many instances. Again, basically totally discounted.

So my decision to stop writing this blog doesn’t mean I am giving up on what matters to me. That would be impossible when I live a mixed life, with a mixed family, one of varying ethnicities and cultures. Nor do I think the majority of the people out there are bad. Not at all. And as I said before I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people all over the world, and of varying skin colors through this blog. And I will continue to support, follow and comment on their blogs. I treasure them too much. I will continue to chime in occasionally through my Huffington Post blog, which I write here and there, as I am moved. I have found lots of great blogs and sites on matters of race, mixed life, and equality in general, so I know the information is out there. So mine ceasing won’t end the debates and good work so many are doing.

Thanks to the loyal readers and those that stumbled hear occasionally . I hope I added something. And I’ll be jumping into the fray here and there, so don’t think I am disappearing.

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Mixed People Monday – Natassia Malthe

UntitledThe dancer, model, actress and spokesperson is half Norwegian and half Malaysian. Her mother is from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Natassia was born in Oslo, Norway.

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Mixed People – Prince

PrinceA couple of days late with my Mixed People Monday but here it is. Prince’s ethnic makeup is somewhat unclear. According to a 1983 Rolling Stone Magazine article, the pop singer’s father was of African American ethnicity and his mother was of Italian American Ancestry. However another website states that his mother Mattie Shaw, is of African American, Native American and White heritage, while his father, John Nelson, is of Black and Italian ancestry. Well no matter how you slice it, he is Mixed.

 

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These Kids Show Us That We Can Get Past The Racial Polarization

This video is a MUST WATCH. Especially at this time when our country seems even more polarized over the role race plays after the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. Restored my faith in people, our future. It is so so touching.

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Chris Noth Says He And His Wife Have Gotten Hate Mail On Their Mixed Marriage

Chris NothI love this interview with Chris Noth. Go the link below to see the short interview where he discusses his mixed son and the hate mail he has gotten about his mixed marriage. Love his attitude.

Here is a bit on the video:

Chris Noth is famous for his roles in “Sex in the City,” “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife,” but he’s long sought to keep his private life out of the spotlight.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, a candid Noth talked about getting married last year to his longtime girlfriend, Tara Lynn Wilson, and his dismay over opponents of interracial relationships sending the couple racist hate mail.

“When I was in a play on Broadway two years ago I’d occasionally get letters of outrage, usually from somewhere in Alabama or something, saying y’know, ‘Don’t come down here with your wife,’” he said.

Still, Noth is hopeful that the world is heading towards a post-racial future. “We’re all getting together. We’re all mixing it up,” he laughs.

Watch the clip from the interview with Noth here.

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Mixed People Monday – Shakira

ShakiraThe Colombian-born singer’s father is a Lebanese American immigrant and her mother is a native of Colombia but of Italian and Spanish descent.

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This Blog Will Be Featured Tomorrow On “Mixed Race Radio”

The show's host, Tiffany Reid.

The show’s host, Tiffany Reid.

A special post here to let my friends on here know that tomorrow at 12 Noon Eastern I will be interviewed on the very interesting Blog Talk Radio show, Mixed Race Radio, with host Tiffany Reid. We will be discussing the purpose of this blog, No More Race, as well as related issues. So tune in if you have time.

Here is a link to the show. And of course would love for you to call in and join the discussion.

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Mixed People Monday – Ann Curry

I still think The Today Show did her wrong.

I still think The Today Show did her wrong.

The former NBC Today Show anchor was born in Guam to an American Navy man of Irish, Scottish, German, French, and Cherokee ancestry. Her mother was a Japanese woman.

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Mixed People Monday – Phylicia Rashad

UntitledThe actress, whose sister is choreographer Debbie Allen,  is part African-American and part Cherokee. Interestingly, she grew up part of her life in Mexico, when her Dad moved the family from Texas to escape US racism in the 50’s. As a result of those years living there, Rashad, and Allen, speak Spanish fluently.

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