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Mixed Couples – Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

OK, as much as I generally resist giving the Kardashian’s more attention, since Kim and Kanye just had the baby, I’ll go ahead and put that other Kardashian on here that is in a mixed relationship, Khloe. Hey I’ll say this for the family, they don’t seem to have any racial prejudice.

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Will Make Interesting Parents

The happy couple present their own unique challenges.

The happy couple present their own unique challenges.

Kim Kardashian recently spoke about her pregnancy and thoughts on raising her baby with Kanye West:

Kim Kardashian recently opened up on another topic that has honestly been on our minds, the challenge of raising an interracial child. During an interview with BET, the reality star discussed preparing for motherhood, including what she plans to teach her bi-racial baby about race.

“Obviously you want your children, for me, to travel the world and experience different races and different cultures everywhere so I think that would be something that is important to me to give as much information as I could.

The mother-to-be said she’s also gotten some tips from some of her pals.

“I have a lot of friends that are all different nationalities and their children are bi-racial, so they have kind of talked to me a little bit about it and what to expect and what not to expect,” she said. “But I think that the most important thing is, how I would want to raise my children, is to just not see color.”

I am sure her heart is in the right place, because one thing about Kim we know is that she has no problems with seeing beyond skin color. But she has the idea wrong though. Our goal should never be to ignore color or ethnic differences. Indeed, we should revel in them. Enjoy them. Different colors and looks and cultures make the world so much more interesting. We don’t want a colorblind society. We want one that appreciates “colors” and embraces them, and does not discriminate against them. I think in a way that is what she meant though. But I just wanted to note the difference. Nothing wrong with seeing color. How we react to it is the issue.

One other point on the excerpt above, which I read on The Huffington Post. The writer used the phrase “…the challenges of raising an interracial child…” Well of course I don’t agree that people are “interracial” since we are all one race, only culturally or ethnically different. But I also take issue with the idea that raising a mixed child is more difficult somehow. I have two and have no particular difficulties compared to friends who have kids who do not benefit from being mixed. All children are a challenge. Girls present challenges. Boys present challenges. Being a minority religion presents challenges. Disabilities present challenges. Let’s not make it out that being mixed is somehow a particularly tough situation. It, like the others mentioned, means different things. But all children are unique in that way.


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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Baby May Be Most Famous

A highly anticipated child.

A highly anticipated child.

I too get tired of Kim Kardashian being in the news just about every time she steps outside the house. But I have to say, this upcoming baby with Kanye West will likely be the most prominent mixed baby we’ve ever seen considering the amount of coverage these two get. Maybe that will be a good thing.

Or maybe the media will drive us nuts.

My guess is it will be both. And good heavens I hope they don’t make this child grow up on a reality show.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Uses The “N-Word.” So What? Jay-Z Gave Everyone Permission

Gwyneth and friends.

So the latest little celebrity controversy seems to be that Gwyneth Paltrow playfully tweeted a version of the “N-word” the other day, referring to her friends Beyonce and Jay-Z.

She tweeted this in response to hanging out with her buds in Paris for Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s tour:

Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh http://say.ly/ySc3rTP

Needless to say, many African-Americans did not appreciate her use of the term and Gwyneth had to defend her tweet. She tweeted back to one blogger:

Hold up. It’s the title of the song!

That explanation was not enough for many. And therein lies the complication with that word. Some Blacks freely use the word and defend its usage as a way to neutralize its power. Some rappers use it all the time, as Gwyneth rightfully pointed out about Jay’s song. I’m with Gwyneth on this one. What was she supposed to do, not mention the name of the song that Jay himself put out to the world?!

Many of those railing against Paltrow of course used the logic that no white person should ever use that word even if Black people are allowed to. I disagree. I stand on the side that says the word should be buried completely. It is too charged a word to think it can be used positively in any way. So I say to anyone that thinks it is OK for Blacks to use the word, then accept that it is OK for anyone to use the word. If Jay-Z wants to put the word out there in such a large way, then Gwyneth and anyone else should be able to reference it. It’s one of the silliest things I ever heard to hear someone say a White person can never ever let the word come out of their mouth, even if they are saying the name of a song. That is just silly. If rappers want to make the word cool, or so they think by changing the spelling and pronunciation, then unless we want to protest that, we shouldn’t protest others thinking it is cool to say the word in a circumstance like Paltrow’s where she was clearly not being racist.

Come on people. As this controversy shows, the word is not easily accepted. Put pressure on all people, including Blacks, that use it. Or accept that it is OK for Gwyneth and others to use it too.

Here is a full article on the controversy, from someone who thinks Gwyneth was wrong, but it is OK for Jay Z to put the word out front and center all over the world.

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Mixed People Monday – Amber Rose

Will always be associated with Kanye.

The model, best known as having been Kanye West’s girlfriend, is half Cape Verdean (Cape Verde is a group of islands off west Africa) and half Italian.

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