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McWhorter: Let's Stop Being Angry at Biracial People
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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS [09 Feb 2010|06:06pm]


OTHER TONGUES: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out

Co-editors Adebe D.A. and Andrea Thompson are seeking submissions for an anthology of writing by and about mixed-race women of Black/white heritage, intended for publication in Fall 2010 by Inanna Publications.

The purpose of this anthology is to explore the question of how Black/white mixed-race women in North America identify in the 21st Century. The anthology will also serve as a place to learn about the social experiences, attitudes, and feelings of others, and what racial identity has come to mean today. We are inviting previously unpublished submissions that engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis.

Please send one (1) submission of up to 2500 words of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or spoken word as a SINGLE attachment to othertonguesanthology@gmail.com

Black and white images and artwork should be 300 dpi and sent as attachments in jpg. of tiff. format. Artwork and photography limited to three (3) per applicant.

Please include your contact information, including your name, address, phone number, e-mail, title(s) of work submitted, type of submission, and a short artist bio (50 words max) in the body of the email, with your name and the type of submission in the subject line (e.g. “Jazmine – Poetry Submission”). All submissions are due April 15, 2010. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

If you prefer that your contribution remain anonymous, please include this preference at the top of your submission. All personal information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

For detailed submission guidelines and requirements, and the Editors' bios, please refer to the document that is attached to this email.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Editors, Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson, at othertonguesanthology@gmail.com

For more information: www.adebe.wordpress.com www.andreathompson.ca or visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=276479812662

We look forward to reviewing your submission!
Have Pride?

[16 Oct 2009|10:32am]

And the Cracker of the Day Award goes to Keith Bardwell, justice of the pece in Tangipahoa Parish in LA, who denies interracial couples marriage licenses. He's even got the cred to back it up: black people use his john.

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."
Have Pride?

[08 Oct 2009|06:00pm]

I thought everyone would appreciate a post that isn't spam for prescription meds.

I recently found out an LJ friend, like me, has a white mother who is all balls out bigoted. And I thought I was sailing this boat solo.

Seriously, like ranting about Mexicans and Jews...even black people.

Does this apply to any of you? Logic tells you, 'hey my mother/father married a non-white person and has a non 100% white child, s/he by extension should be more open-minded'.

Whoops, won't be making that mistake again.

I half-jokingly and on a whim created "Multiracials with a Racist Cracker Ass Parent". I'll likely end up deleting it, but in the off chance I've struck a chord, or hell even if I haven't and you'd like to join out of curiosity for other people's experiences, please feel free to join us, introduce yourself, etc.

Whether it ends up being a forum for this phenomena or just being biracial in general, it doesn't matter.

And just curious, what kind of hair do you folks have? I'm part 3A and part 2C. It's thick, dry, I have a shitload of it, and worst of all, the inconsistency of the curl (curlier on top and in the front) makes it look shapeless and unattractive. Not even using sulfate-free shampoo and apple cider vinegar lessens the dryness. Any tips?
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Controversial issue, but I'll post it anyway [10 Jul 2009|04:00pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I've recently got into a very nasty argument about this to the point I was ran out of a community. I would like to discuss/rant about it.

In this society, the darker you are, the more you're looked down upon. It's an injustice which we should all rebel. I think this applies to mulattos too, because some are darker than others. We're not looked at as white in this society, so we don't get any perks.

However, some mulattos are lighter than others and lighter than black people. For example, I have medium skin (as you can see in my pic), so to some, I'm seen as a "safe" black person, especially because I was raised by a white family, so I "act white." My black relatives always rave about my hair and skin color, which is seen as "good." This always disturbed me -- is there really THAT much self-hatred in the black community?

Also, black guys seem to flirt with me a lot because I'm seen as "safe." I told this one black guy who was hitting on me on the bus to GTFO, but he said something to the level of that I'm not like "other" black girls. Meaning, I'm seen as "safe," while black women get the short end of the stick because of negative stereotypes attached to them. I feel very uncomfortable with this, and it's wrong to deny to date people because of their skin color. The media proclaims that dark skin is ugly and bad, and people are stupid enough to fall for it. It's a major injustice in our society.

I'm rarely hit on by white men. I know this mainly because of my race. Anybody who's dark is "ugly." I've been in many online discussions where people have said, "I don't like black women. They're unattractive because they have nappy hair, big lips, and big noses." WTF, right? And when I tell them that's bluntly racist and people shouldn't discriminate on the basis of race when it comes to dating, they just say, "It's just my preference," as if that makes it okay.

I know that all men aren't like this, and they see past the media's ignorance. But these are just my personal experiences living in Southern Indiana, a terrible place to live if you're not a white, heterosexual male who goes to a Christian church every Sunday. So, I'm screwed.

Luckily, in the GLBT community (I'm bi), I find more openness when it comes to dating outside your race. I guess this is because the GLBT community also doesn't fit into the fabric of society.

I talked about my experiences in the community I mentioned, only to be attacked and called "privileged." One woman actually name-dropped me in a post, saying that she's angry that black men find me attractive, and it made her feel unattractive. I can't help what I look like, and I can't help my experiences. About everybody has insecurities about their looks because the media's standard of "beauty" is ridiculous. I'm overweight myself. And that standard of "beauty" is also based on race. I hear awful stories about black/biracial women relaxing their hair and bleaching their skin. I went through a period of self-hatred myself. When I was little, I used to take many showers, washing the "blackness" off of me because one girl in school called me "dirty." Now, I embrace what I am, but because my skin is somewhat lighter, I'm "privileged."

Has anybody else run into this? I understand black women's anger when it comes to this, and they have every right to be angry. But I think they should aim that anger towards the right people, like the media, instead of lighter-skinned people. I felt so upset when I was called "privileged," because I've faced racism myself, being the only dark person in the community in which I grew up. The online community actually brought me to tears, and it made me so angry because of the accusations put on me.

Being a mulatto, you certainly don't fit into the white community, but you're either praised (for the wrong reasons) or looked down upon because of the color of your skin. Colorism is a difficult issue to face, but has anybody here faced this in the black community? Have you ever been called "good" because you're light? Have you ever felt the rage of some blacks because you're light?

I hate to get into this topic again, because I really don't want to have the same experiences that I had on the online community I mentioned. Hopefully, this is a safe spot. If you could enlighten me on something, I'd appreciate that as well.

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Hi! [08 Jul 2009|08:31pm]

[name]: Savannah
[where you live]: Indiana, United States
[siblings]: Two half-brothers, both white, but I consider them my brothers anyway.
[age]: 22
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes]: It's like being interchangeable; about being everything. It's about counteracting the boundaries of race that society draws in between races.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?]: Sometime when I was young. My father (who's black) said that I was one. I asked him what it meant, and he said it was about being two races. This was when I didn't quite grasp the issue of race yet; I didn't see black and white, but I was being told I was both.
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?]: No, and I like it that way. I don't like being labeled or only being allowed to hang out with a certain group of people.

Looks like a good community :).
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an amazing book i need to recommend - Ace of Spades by David Matthews [12 Apr 2009|06:51pm]

this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.

A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.

Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."

Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?

here's the author, david matthews:
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helllo [12 Apr 2009|06:44pm]

[ mood | calm ]

[name] India Huff
[where you live] Miami, FL
[siblings] a much older half sister
[age] a little young, 16
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] I'm yet to encounter any negative feedback to my face, but I embrace every aspect of being mulatto namely the advantage of having a family that is so culturally different.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] Hm I think my freshman year in highschool one of my good friends used it to describe me
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] I have more white friends than black (ratio of 5:1) so I think I'm obliviously gravitate toward whites (I have also attended 'prestigious' private schools all my life - with overwhelmingly white populations) but i do NOT feel like I belong to a certain crowd.

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an amazing book i need to recommend - Ace of Spades by David Matthews [12 Apr 2009|06:20pm]

this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.

A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.

Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."

Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?
Have Pride?

[31 Mar 2009|09:54pm]

I am doing a campaign to be a fresh face with Marcelle. They have chosen me as a semi-finalist for a trip to New York with friends (which could be you!!) However, I can only be chosen if you VOTE FOR ME!

You can vote ONCE A DAY, everyday. Voting is from March 27 to April 3!

All you have to do is visit


and click VOTE. *No email needed!!!*

Remember, you can vote once per day!

Thanks so much for your support!
Have Pride?

[29 Mar 2009|01:52pm]

I'm a biracial girl with no biracial friends. I created a journal specifically to meet other biracials so we can all discuss our experiences, opinions etc. It'll cover a lot of topics that most biracials have to deal with at one time or another. Please add me and let's talk! :)
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My Opening Volley [05 Nov 2008|07:47am]

Now that Obama El Dali Lama has won, I find myself in a position I never wanted to be in, don't like, and am very resentful that I have to defend from not only the black community but now the white community.

Let me set every single one of you straight before I type another thing.

I am MULTIracial. My father is WHITE. My mother is BLACK. They are MARRIED. I wasn't made OUT OF WEDLOCK (not that should matter anyway). My parents were married in the sixties, a time when interracial relationships were not common and still looked down upon (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner). I grew up at a time when little mixed kids weren't the poster children for Gap ads. My family on my mother's side didn't like me much. Same could be said on my father's side. School wasn't much easier either. I attended both all white and all black schools. I was called a nigger in one, a honky in the other. At summer camp, councellors when filling out paperwork would always try to classify me. It seemed that everyone had a problem with my dual background.

Everyone but myself.

Let me go into a little more detail here if you will so indulge. On my mother's side its black (from slave days- make no doubt about it, my family on that side have been here a long time) as well as American Indian, Lakota Sioux to to be precise. On my father's side, English and Scottish however after doing some recent research that I have found out I am more French (my great, great, great grandfather came over from France in the late 1800's) than Scottish, and more Scottish than English.

If you look at me, you have a hard time placing me. A lot of people seem to mistake me for Latino.

But once again, make no mistake-


And no man who was confused about his "identity" is going to define me.

Which is the very first moment, several years ago when I was on Obama's website when he was running for his SENATE seat (so kiss my ass people who think I dislike him just because Hillary lost- you are stupid. You probably didn't know his name or who he was four years ago.) and participating on his forums that I started to see what he was about and started to formulate my strong dislike of the man. I saw trouble a long time ago for people like me, who fight to not be defined or to be accepted as being of more than one race as opposed to the old time slave attitudes that has been accepted by most Americans, both white and black. Only in the last 15 years (15!!) have Americans been allowed to pick more than one race on most government forms as opposed to choosing or denying the genetic contribution of the other parent.

Let me explain to you where that "one drop" rule came from- it was a form of control so that slave owners when they slept with their slaves could still put the child of the union in the field and deny them a right to inheritance.

If that isn't a backwards view, I don't know what is. Yet it persists in 2008- gap baby ads and all!

So it's taken all this time to finally get the United States to allow a person like me to represent myself exactly as I am and now I am having to fight fights I used to have to only occasionally fight. It seems that the "white" people are now emboldened to say things that perhaps they only thought (and I mean those so-called "liberated" ones) where as I usually have only have had to have this discussion on a regular basis with black people who think that I am trying to "pass" or be a "traitor to my kind".

I hate this shit. I hate it. I hate it. And I thought it was getting better until the moment Obama stepped on the scene and pulled the political stunt when it came to race that would bring the house down.

So I am glad if you feel that the US has turned a corner when it comes to race relations but you would be sadly mistaken. We've only proven "separate, but equal". It proves only that no matter what, you can only be one or the other because the world would end if we acknowledged that maybe a black person and a white person produced another PERSON who is the sum of it's parts and not one or the other but BOTH. It's only in humans that we do this shit (and it seems even more an American Affliction, which probably explains why I want to move to the UK so badly) where people are classified by "drops". It makes me sick and anyone who buys into it, I hate with an unbridled passion because it only proves to me that for all the love of equality and people are the same, deep down they are full of shit and one is still the "other" because if you didn't deep down think people are different, then there could be a "both".

So spare me why I don't like Obama (or Hallie Berry for that matter). To me, yes it IS personal. For anyone to question who they are based on what color their parents are instead of just accept that they are alive and a product of both disturbs me immensely. What disturbs me even more is that now we have a president who is buying into this crap and Americans are notoriously swayed by flashing lights on tv and what is thrown at them and adopt a group-think mentality instead of really questioning things to the deepest level.

My life is already hard as a woman. It just got harder as a PROUDLY MULTIRACIAL woman.

I can't fight MTV, YouTube, or the Media. Once spoken, things spread like wildfire.

Again, I saw this long before anyone knew who Obama was outside of Illinois.

If you're white, you won't get what I am saying. If you are black, you won't get what I am saying. I suspect only mixed race people will get where I am coming from by having shared experiences but I don't even expect them to agree with me- at least not if they are American.

I started to write this last night because I knew he was going to win. This morning, I have such a deep sadness in my soul it's going to be very hard to get through the day.

Make no mistake- I hate with a passion discussing issues with race, however I feel forced to do so now and I will be forever resentful of this.
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how can any one hate an oreo? [10 Apr 2008|01:35am]

[name] Nancy
[where you live] 60 miles west of Chicago, NIU campus
[siblings] 3 much older half siblings
[age] 23
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] I've only recently begun to think about it. All my life my 'racial identity' never played a part in my day to day dealings; I kinda just took for granted that everyone accepted me. As of late I've run into some racial friction at work which has caused me to stop for once and think about this.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] probably around 10 years old from my older cousin
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] Well, yes. Growing up my mother and father were very intolerant to what they considered 'African American culture', so naturally I grew up in "white" neighborhood, and went to an expensive "white" school, and had white friends. Now that I've free of their influence for 4+ years I find my self gravitating to pretty much only white people. I mean my best friend is a blond haired, blue eyed Aryan dream and my boyfriend is a Euro mutt metalhead. Pretty "white" eh?

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Hair [10 Mar 2008|12:02pm]


I was going to post this as a response to the "hair" post, but I'll start a new post anyway, since this is a current and on-going issue.

I finally cut off my hair last winter, cut off ALL the straightened part of it
THEN i went back and straightened it again.
Hair never looks good in in-between stages unless you style it.

It's too bad that Alicia Keys and Nicole Richie go and straighten their hair now....it's like they all move towards that in the end. I like to change hairstyles, I miss my curls after a while...I just want it to be LONG!!

Also, I have noticed that more and more women wear their hair out (In NYC for example) and in other cities, like Helsinki (I live in Finland as of now, by the way). People stare at me all the time, but also because my facial features are different and I have learned to accept it. Most of the time they are thinking "Wow she is pretty" or "What cool hair" but their expressions say nothing. And it really doesn't matter!

Good news: they finally have Black Hair magazine in Finland!! Finally!! WITH PHOTOS OF MIXED WOMENS' HAIR!!! Natural styles, too!!

My points are:
A.we need more role models who wear their hair curly (WITHOUT blonde streaks, WITHOUT perms and WITHOUT post-curler-effect)
B. We need to be easy on our hair if we do straighten it (x-nay on the oloring-kay plus emichals-khay)
C. We need professional or educated hair stylists since there is obviously a lack of them (I don't know about all the Dominican salons out there, it seems all they specialize in is blow-drying...If that's what you want). See, I cut my own hair which is fine, but if I wear it straight then it looks choppy.

So.. since we are "in the middle" I guess that means we can be and look like whatever we want. Shouldn't we be happy about that? If you or I straighten our hair, then we do, if we don't, then we don't..We just give extra points to some because it's considered "brave" to "be yourself." Interestiiing... What do the guys have to say about this?
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Identity issues and needing others who understand [24 Feb 2008|02:42pm]

[ mood | distressed ]

Hi, everyone,

I'm not officially or technically mulatta, since both my parents are from the same family background: very light-skinned people of Color. But every census record for every direct ancestor I have found so far says 'mu' and it's starting to drive me crazy.

As for my own personal experience, let's just say that I wish I could say I'd ever felt thankful for looking as I do. I always wanted to be just one thing or the other. But it's good to see that there may be someone else who does appreciate looking 'mixed'. I'm working on likeing my appearance, and how to deal with questions (especially rude ones) of ethnicity.

I've just found this community because none of my Friends seems to understand my search for identity. Perhaps you all will.

Both my parents look very light, but Dad identified very strongly as Black (and would get really angry and offended when he was mistaken for Puerto Rican, probably because when he took his darker-skinned cousin for a hair-cut the Puerto Rican barbershop refused them both). Mom identifies as Black too, but more strongly with our Indian heritage. I am just tired of people being insulting about my complexion, even members of my own family. I am working through these things, and trying to help build a world where it really will not matter what color your skin is, or how your accent sounds, or the music you like. In the meantime, right now I need to know that there are other people who understand why this is important.

with love to all,
Shira D.

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Good group! [24 Dec 2007|10:28pm]

Just stopping by, but will definitely stay, to say that I published my first book, provocative title but serious, They Always Said I Would Marry A White Girl: Coming to Grips with Race in America. I discuss tons of stuff, perhaps too many, smiles, including: biracial kids, dating on college campuses, the idea of being biracial, black versus white feminisms and more.


happy holidays to all!

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[23 Dec 2007|02:59pm]


[where you live] 
Detroit and the Detroit area, MI

3 older step brothers, 1 older step sister, a step brothe who's my age, a younger adopted half brother and a younger half brother by  blood

17 (until january)

[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] 
*Looking like I'm white, but knowing I'm not; 
*Being told by black people that I'm racist for saying I'm not white; being told, every day, that I should pick a side, and assimilate; 
*not knowing anybody, or having even one friend, who is the same ethnicity as me; 
*feeling out of place when i go to visit my mom's all-white family; 
*being told that i'm tender-headed; being told that i'm nappy-headed; 
*having a mother who felt like a failure, during my childhood, because she was never able to do my hair; 
*listening politely to white people confide in me, when they think that all the black people have left a room, that they think it's amazing how *proper a certain African American's English was, and then seeing their faces drop when i ask them what etnicity they think i am; 
*feeling out of place when i go to visit my dad's all-black family; 
*being asked by my step brother's black girlfriend if i am albino; 
*being told that my fair skin can't get "ashy," because i'm too light-skinned, even though I know that the color change isn't really what being ashy is; 
*not being allowed to sit at the black kids' table; 
*becoming increasingly more depserate to find someone who gets it

[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] 
It was in social studies class, maybe in the fifth or sixth grade, I believe.  I remember being excited to hear, for the first time, that I had both a history and a people; but, also, although we didn't delve into the nasty origin of the word, feeling inexplicably sick to my stomach at the sound of it.  For some reason, it sounded like the most vulgar thing I'd ever been called, though I couldn't place why.

[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?]
I've always felt a great pressure to assimilate--to pick an enthnic or "racial" "side," if you get me.  I don't want to.  Ideally, I'd like to find a community of mixed people (I'm not sure if I'm ready to use the term, "mulatto" to describe myself, just yet), but I don't know where to find that--so this is a start.
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hi [17 Nov 2007|03:39pm]

[name] Ariel

[where you live]Manhatten/long island

[siblings] none

[age] 18

[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] Being accepted everywhere and no where at the same time, bragging to my white friends about never getting sunburn, pride in many nationalities, always checking the "other" box on forms that ask my race, being slightly parinoid about eating fried chicken in public, and of course dealing with the hair

[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] I think about 8th/9th grade social studies when we were learning about slavery. I got so excited like "theres a WORD for what i am? AWESOME"

[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] Until about 5th grade i was never fully aware that there was anything different about my nationality. My father (my african half) died when i was a baby and we didnt have much contact with his family, except for his parents who both died before i was out of elementry school. I grew up in a mainly white neighborhood and the only family i knew was on my mothers side. I also look much mre white than black, so whenever people asked me what i was ( dont you love that questin, "what are you?") I would say 'half-black' and not really think about it. So until i got int high school i never really recognised that i had any connection black history or culture, and now that i do i feel nothing but pride. But i wouldn't say i feel like i 'belong' to a certain nationality, and i dont know as many bi-racial people as i would like to. So i hope to meet more people with feelings like mine, until we all just intermingle enough so that the whole world is the same greyish brown color and we can all share eachothers cultures.

Im also not really up on this whole posting pictures thing, so this many only work if you have a flickr acount. Ill try to change it when i learn how.
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uhm, was anyone else aware... [31 Oct 2007|11:50am]

[ mood | surprised ]

that my beloved carly simon is a quarter black!?

Simon's father was Richard L. Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster, Inc.), an accomplished pianist who often played Chopin and Beethoven at home. Her mother was Andrea Louise Simon (née Heinemann)[1], a biracial[2] (black and Jewish) civil rights activist and singer. Carly was raised in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City and has two older sisters, Joanna (b. 1940) and Lucy (b. 1943), and a younger brother, Peter (b. 1947). She attended Riverdale Country School.

DON'T ask me why i wikipedia-ed carly simon.

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hair [28 Oct 2007|10:03pm]

Why doesn't anyone understand biracial hair?! To Caucasian or Asian people, you have kinky hair. To African-Americans, you have "good hair". But at the end of the day, no one knows what the hell to do with it.

Does anyone else get sick of people telling you to straighten your hair?
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hi. [26 Oct 2007|06:18pm]

[ mood | cold ]

[name] dana.
[where you live] new jersey
[siblings] older sister. younger brother.
[age] 22
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] an on going battle against frizz.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] in elementary school. on the playground.
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] i grow sicker and sicker of the negative stereotypes black people perpetuate. and i feel rather uneasy around numbers of white people. I don't really want to belong to either "crowd"

As of late i find myself needing to redefine myself racially.
I'm growing weary of mtv and vogue as well as bet and ebony.
I'm annoyed at the fact that when hollywood needs an attractive black woman for their multi-million dollar picture, they cast someone bi-racial.
I'm annoyed with white women who find black men to be a novelty.
I'm pissed at the numbers of young black people who never reach college.
I'm pissed at Disney and Mattel.
I'm sick of having to chemically process my hair to feel pretty.
I'm sick of explaining the differences between races to idiots.
I hate what aaron mcgruder did to the boondocks in that abomination he calls a cartoon.
I hate wanda sykes and mike epps.
I hate sarah silverman and pete wentz.

i decided to join this group in hopes of finding people who don't feel the need to sway one side or the other in their heritage. people who like myself, put "human" when asked to choose a race. people who understand exactly what it feels like to be mixed up in more than one fashion.

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hola amigos! [17 Sep 2007|11:23pm]

[name] nikoleigh [nik]
[where you live] Vermont but from Philadelphia
[siblings] 3 - two little bros; one older sis
[age] 21
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] it's great. i get to live and learn in two excellent cultures.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] my k-grade teacher referred to me "the little mulatto girl"
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] nope, i'm that go between kid but maybe i'm just weird. i tend to get along with most people and hand out in a variety of groups. i think in a really diverse area it's more common to have mixed kids. 
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Which do you prefer?? [28 Aug 2007|12:09am]




personally I like Mixed better....Mulatto sounds too much like a dairy product, and Bi-Racial could get me mistaken for Bi-Sexual....nothing against Bi-Sexuals, its just that Im not one...ya dig?!

what about you all...
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[27 Aug 2007|04:41pm]

[name] brandy
[where you live] southern california
[siblings] none
[age] 24
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] i think it's wonderful. any kind of mixed race is always very interesting to me. eventually there won't be such a thing.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] i can't even remember. i'm sure i read it somewhere.
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] i've pretty much just hung out in "white" groups. but my schooling was always varied race wise. unlike most stories i've heard, i never had a problem. in fact when i was younger and people would ask my race they seemed to always find it "cool".
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[27 Aug 2007|01:38pm]

this blog really needs to pick up!

I need some people to relate to!
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mixed-race anti-racism [19 Aug 2007|12:09pm]

Hi everyone!

I'm thinking about starting a blog...

I've been a little bit burnt out in terms of my mixed race activism this summer, and I'm trying to figure out what I can do to..rejuvenate my energy and excitement. As some of you might know, I've been all over the country this past year meeting people and going to conferences and what not, meeting all the right people, doing all the right things, but in doing so I've become very disenchanted with the face of mixed-race activism, in that I feel it isn't aligning itself with the anti-racist movement as effectively as it could. I'm kind of in love with the blogosphere, and I thought that this might be a good medium for the work-- what ever it becomes-- that I could pursue.

So I'm thinking about starting a blog to more tangibly fuse the two movements. Ideally, the blog would be comprised of three to six regular contributors who write articles that pertain to mixed-race (including transracial adoptee) identity that present a critical analysis of the relationship of mixed-race identity to the anti-racist movement. People could focus on movies, tv, music, academia, fashion, literature, their day to day experiences, make up, marketing, classism, privilege... whatever they like, really.. as long as it's about mixed identity and furthers an anti-racist agenda.

I would love it if the people involved in this project came from a wide variety of experiences in terms of class and educational backgrounds, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, geographic locations, etc.

If any of you are interested in being a writer, or have experience with the blogosphere, please contact me with any thoughts you might have about this project.

Also, if you know anyone who might be interested in this project, please please please forward this email to them.


Danni Sigwalt
aim: dsigwalt
yahoo: dannigrl212
gtalk/email: danielle.sigwalt at gmail dot com
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article in toronto star [27 Jul 2007|04:50pm]

Dearest readers,

If you haven't already, please check out my article published yesterday in the Toronto Star. Here is the online version.

It is concerning the experience of being mixed race, in an effort to document how texts as products of history have represented (or failed to represent) mixed race individuals, by virtue of their "ambiguity", their "in-betweenness", the "tragedy" of their deconstructive potential in looking at race.

And for those of you who already have, great thanks!
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[11 Jul 2007|12:27pm]

[ mood | weird ]

[name] JoshZua
[where you live] Cleveland, Ohio
[siblings] 1 Brother, 2 half sisters...im the youngest one
[age] 24
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] Its great!, I wouldnt have it any other way...although it is rough at times to deal with the racism. I was brought up as an African american..flat out. I mean, I knew my mom was Irish, but still, I was more connected with the african american community. But even then, I would get called white boy or something like that, and i would be picked on some times because I have green eyes, and curly hair...but then again, in the white community, they just call the police on me...
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] I read a book, that I cant remember the name of, but it described an interacial relationship between a freed black woman and a white abolishionist, and they refered to the child as a mullato
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] sure! I always make myself at home...now! but back in the day, I was kinda shy and didnt like to blend in...its diffrent now!

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[04 May 2007|11:09pm]
[name] Jennifer
[where you live] Washington
[siblings] 2 brothers, 1 sister... I'm the youngest. (And a step-sister)
[age] 20
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] To be honest, and simple... it's nothing more (or less) than being black and white. But I can say that I do feel like I have to pick one or the other on applications, especially when it says "check one only." Good thing it's optional.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] I heard it years ago... too long ago to remember the details.
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] Currently, no, but I doubt race plays a major role. (I am shy and have social anxiety)
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Multiracial survey [07 Mar 2007|06:18pm]

Hey all,

I'm doing a short research study with a group for one of my psych classes as a precursor to my thesis on multiracial people. We'll be looking at various personality traits of members of this population. There hasn't been a huge amount of studies, so any data we collect would help SO much.

The survey is quick and online so it's perfect to do if you're bored. :D

The url is http://www.sporadicity.com/survey

All you have to be is 18-34 and live in Canada.

Thanks so much!

x-posted to other communities.
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[08 Feb 2007|12:34am]

I just randomly found this community and I thought it was pretty cool so...::waves::

[name] cassandra
[where you live] new jerseyyyy
[siblings] 1 sister
[age] 20
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] it's like...being a human? race really was never an issue to me. my white mother raised me so obviously i feel more connected to my white family/culture but she would always emphasize the fact that i was/am black. i don't "feel black" though. but obviously, I'm not and I don't "feel white" either. I've never really felt like i was a certain race...and i am not a certain race...I'm a mixed race.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] when i was real little by my spanish babysitter i think.
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] yup. i feel like i belong in the crowd of humans
...people get too hung up on race. i don't see it like that. it makes me sad that just because you have 1 ounce of black blood in you...you are just that...black. everything else is gone. I'm proud of all of my heritage...and just because my father is black doesn't mean you can completely disregard the fact that my white Irish mother carried me in her womb and raised me to be the human I am today...

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In response to the last post: [04 Feb 2007|08:16pm]

I have often had that feeling myself, that us mixed kids should stick together more. I wonder, however to what extent we even fit in with each other.

For instance: the ways in which I'm comfortable/uncomfortable around white crowds, and the ways in which I'm comfortable/uncomfortable around black crowds, probably aren't the same as most people here.

I started this as a new thread to invite people to try sharing what those things are. Other than people overtly commenting on your appearance, what are the things that make you feel you don't fit in here or there?

For instance, my speech patterns are a big issue for me. When I'm most comfortable, I speak with a fair amount of slang, but I still am told I sound too "white" to really fit into a black crowd. On the other hand, if I don't consciously avoid using this dialect with whites, they generally feel that i sound too "black."
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Hi peeps. [04 Feb 2007|06:12pm]

Just wondering here for a moment. What is this community to be used for? Are you guys making friends (hope so)?

Here's a topic: therapy/issues/upset

I noticed *MANY* of young people (YOUNG I SAY) around 17-30, really have some issues. My best friend has attended therapy sessions nearly all her life, no joke. And she says it has helped, but I want to see her like she was at age 9, happy and running around. A lot of us, including myself, look around and pick out little daily issues that are supposedly making us mad. We think we need new clothes, someone didn't respond as you've liked, we had a bad hair day, we got criticized, we didn't have fun.

ANYWAY. I realized that a lot has to do with fitting in. We just want to fit in God damnit. And you see biracial people acting one thing or another (I tend to swing around, it can be frustrating), THAT DOESN'T HELP. Where are the mixed celebs and mixed people clubs and freakin cliques of mixed people? There are all these Hip Hop clubs and Japanese classes, Irish potlucks and Puerto Rican Day parades, Queer people unite groups and Moms against drugs. Where is the gathering for "cool", mixed kids? People who, don't have to play a role or be perfectionists (that is something else I have come across with being light-skinned or "in-between").

If we formed out own colonies you know what, sh*t would be great. Swear to God. We would never have issues about who is more this or that, because everyone would have a certain understanding and acceptance. Why do we get so much (minor) sh*t (that adds up) for just being us? "Hey white girl." -black guy / "I wish I had your hair!!" -all people / "Nigger" -drunk white dude/ "Is your hair afro?" -white people of all ages / "Are you latin or something, cause you look it." -all

And I will tell you another thing, I am sick and tired of people acting jealous. I have gotten this all my life and sometimes it's just really sad. We need a flag that should just let us be proud and you know what.. OTHER PEOPLE JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT!

<3to all
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Call for proposals! The National Student Conference on the Mixed Race Experience! [16 Jan 2007|06:28pm]

Call for Proposals:
The Mixed Race Experience
***Deadline February 8th***
postponed 1 week...Collapse )
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Hi, I'm new! [10 Dec 2006|12:35am]

[name] Aja
[where you live] Jefferson City MO,USA
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes]I never really liked the word mulatto. It always seemed like that word that was used to label me as SOMETHING. I don't want to be called that, in fact I don't want to be called anything. I'm not ashamed of my mixture, my father is black and my mother is Icelandic/Italian. I was/am lucky enough to have smart parents that never really made race something that defined me. In fact, I never really thought about it until someone pointed it out one day.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] I had a teacher when I was a little girl that called me 'that little mulatto girl' and it just struck me as something that people used to say in the 50's. To me it's almost the same as when people say 'Negro'. I'm not fond of it.
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?]No, I've always felt outcast from most 'groups' not because of my heritage, but because I'm just a pretty eccentric person anyway. I have my very close friends and the 'color' or 'type' isn't something that is consistent. I've dated a variety of colors of people. I wasn't raised in a way that told me whom to date or befriend, so it's never been something I put much thought into when I choose someone to hang out with.

This is a lovely community because it's like everywhere I look, it's people that look like me!! :oD
Here's me. This photo is kinda strange...sorry it's the only I could find on short notice. A friend took it as a 'model' for a sketch She was doing (a face with the tongue out in this fashion).
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[06 Nov 2006|02:10pm]

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Anouncing!! [18 Oct 2006|02:41pm]

The National Student Conference on the Mixed Race Experience!!!


Please pass the link on to anyone you think might be interested.

x-posted like whoa. Sorry.
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Myspace Argument [10 Oct 2006|09:47pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I was reading through some posts on a multiracial group on Myspace, when I came across this post from an older gentleman, inquiring about the topic of the "mixed" label:

If a person is 'african/american', 'asian/white', phils/hawaiian, whatever, does tha tmake them that label? Are they not just another person wiht different culrural backgrounds? I would like to think that a person of mixed ancestory/ethnicity is richer than someone who is strictly "one thing". My nieces are a good, if odd, example of this. They are fchildren born and bred in China. One of the still remembers and speaks chinese. My Brother adopted them from China and brought them to the USA. Now, thanks to him, they ahve two heritages to draw from. The Grandmothers of my brothers wife are Chinese immigrants, they help keep the girls aware of where they came from. My rbother is like me: rice white. (sorry, plain and simple truth there) His daughters are not chinese, nor are they chinese americans in my eyes. theya re special girls wiht two cultures to draw on for their lifes experience. my point is this: WHY do we ahve to be labeled in any way? Labeling is what brought on and fuels predjudice and bigotry. Cant' we all just be people, be proud of who and what we are, and share it? I do not say any of this to demean anyone, nor take away from their points of view. I say this because I believe in what I say...

So, of course, I had to fire back.

I don't agree. Labeling isn't just something that's used for negative purposes, such as bigotry. For me, it's a way for me to connect with individuals like myself. We may not want to think of ourselves as being different, that we're all human and no differences exist between two people, especially on a basis such as race. However, we all come from different cultural backgrounds and societal experiences that extend beyond just skin color. To say I'm mixed, mulatto, or multiracial doesn't mean that I'm separating myself from other people. It means that I'm acknowledging that I represent a significant mix of two or more very different ethnic backgrounds. It means that I experience things as a person of mixed heritage with people constantly wondering what I am, asking me "What I'm mixed with?" We can't just throw race out the window and pretend that it doesn't affect us. After all, You can't help but feel at least a little out of place, when you are in a room full of people who don't share the same ethnic origin as you. When it comes down to it, much of our history and how we experience life in modern society is based on the varying traditions, countries, and cultural aspects that make us unique. That is why we label ourselves as multiracial. We feel as certain kinship with other mixed race people who know what it's like to live an intercultural life just as anyone from a "single race" background would feel comfortable around "single race" people like themselves.


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Mixed-Race Networks/Communities [29 Sep 2006|11:22am]

Hey all. I'm in the planning stage for a major mixed-race conference.
Right now, we're developing the website, and are trying to put together a list of mixed-race/transracial adoptee communities.

Could you possibly just list come that you are a member of/know of?


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URGENT ACTION ALERT [11 Sep 2006|08:20am]

[ mood | determined ]

 It is urgent that we send letters to the US Department of Education, which must be received by September 21st. They have finally proposed their guidelines on racial classifications for schools. THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR US TO GET A TRUE MULTIRACIAL CATEGORY ON A FEDERAL LEVEL FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN!

To go to the sample letter, click here.

To read the instructions for the action alert, click here.

To view the complete explanation of the proposal, click here.


Please pass this on to everyone you can. They do not have to be Project RACE members. They do not have to be multiracial. Thank you for your continued support.


Project RACE
Email: projectrace@sbcglobal.net
Fax: (209) 826-2510
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I am really not trying to spam. I just wanted to let people know about an online survey thing that actually works. If you have some free time to fill out surveys you might want to check this outCollapse )
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[19 Jul 2006|07:34am]

This was posted at another community and seems like something that many here would be interested in filling out:  

My name is Diana Sanchez and I am an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University whose primary area of research interest is multiracial
identity. I am conducting an Internet Study on multiracial identification and experiences.

I am looking for participants who have a multiracial background (biological parents of different races) to fill out a 5-10 minute anonymous survey on their experiences as a multiracial person. The success of this project is dependent on volunteers.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out the survey or pass this information along to others who are multiracial. As a multiracial person
and an academic, I feel that this work is very important to learning more about multiracial experiences. Please help by visiting our survey at:

Survey Link

This survey has been reviewed and approved by Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Your participation is completely voluntary and anonymous.
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[25 Jun 2006|03:35pm]

[name] Ramona
[where you live] Houston, Texas
[siblings]Younger sister and half-brother
[age] 18
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] It's insteresting...Well my parents are both West Indian: my mom is afro-bajan and my dad is first generational mulatto(white irish/afro-bajan). Sometimes mexicans think I'm a hispanic from the central/south american region. Usually my black friends will joke around and try to take my "blackness" away saying that I'm not truly black, nationally or ethnically.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] I'm not sure, most people i know don't use the word mulatto because of the derogatory connotation to it...
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] Not really, although i feel more comfortable around blacks, sometimes i just don't relate to the culture. I'm just happy to be me:)
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[24 Jun 2006|05:30pm]

[ mood | curious ]

1. Do any of you feel like one side's culture dominated your upbringing for whatever reason, and how has that influenced you?

2. Do you feel like society has grouped you with one side more than the other?

My answers are:  1.  Yes, because I was raised mainly by my white Jewish mother and I'm a devout Jew, I feel like that culture influenced me a lot more than my dad's black Cuban Catholic family's culture, at least while I was a kid.  Nowadays, a lot of my friends are black and mulatto Latinos and I spend more time with my Dad's family than I used to, but this wasn' t the case when I was a kid.  2.  Yes, because by looking at me you would not guess that I was half white- you'd think I was a very slightly light-skinned black girl.  My older sister looks completely white except with kinky curly hair, so people tended to associate her with being white or mostly white even when they knew otherwise. 

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[17 Jun 2006|09:35pm]

[ mood | calm ]

[name] Domi
[where you live] Melbourne Australia
[siblings] Older sis.
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes] um... confusing.. sometimes you wonder whether your black or white and then i just didn't want to say i was either.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?] When I was much younger dunno what year exactly, it's funny that in my parents language (Mauritian Creole) we have a funny phrase for mulattoes - milat corbo (Mulatto Crow) which is impossible because crows are black as you all must know!
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?] Hmmm... not too sure, I count myself among other Mauritians though (Mauritius is an island near Madagascar for all of you that didn't know) but then again I've decided that Mauritians aren't African enough i.e. I've got too much European culture compared to my African culture due to slavery of course.

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[15 Jun 2006|09:07pm]

[ mood | calm ]

I suppose this isn't specific to this community at all, but the stereotype of minorities from both sides seems to be that minorities often don't make anything of ourselves-either because we're too oppressed by the white majority or too stupid/lazy/insert stereotype here.   I'd like to think that isn't true. 

What are all of your plans for college/careers/etc.? Or, if you're an adult, what are you doing now?  Inspire me with some success stories.  :-D
For the record, I am going to a community college to save money due to my family's finances for two years, then I will transfer to a major university and majoring in biology or biochemistry, and then going on to med school.  I want to become a pediatric cardiologist.   If that falls through, I'll either do a physician's assistant program for two years (which means making 55000 or so starting wages) or teach high school biology. 

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Hey, I'm new [11 Jun 2006|10:11pm]

[ mood | bored ]

[where you live]:Royal Oak, Michigan
[siblings]:Only child
[what's it like being mulatto in your eyes]:Sometimes confusing, but I love it.
[when and where did you first hear the word mulatto?]:From "Smells Like Teen Spirit"-Nirvana [because I like Nirvana [even though it's not really a good Nirvana song
[for what it's worth, do you ever really feel like you belong in a certain crowd?]:Racially, not really. I guess I just find a good group of friends and stick with them. They don't follow a specific trend in races. I have friends in all colors.

Anywho, aside from all of that, some other things you might want to know about me are that I play viola, I love to read, listen to music, and learn new languages. As for my ethnic background, my mom is French, German, and Italian, and my dad is African and Japanese.

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Coming out of the closet [07 Jun 2006|08:09pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

The degree to which these conservative, religious right wing assholes are displaying their ignorance and distaste towards homosexuals and minorities in this country is really starting to piss me off.

Under this administration, the crazies feel free to come out and say what they have been wanting to say and have been too afraid to say in public for years. Everytime I turn on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report I see some clip of some senator or congressman saying something absolutely APPALING about a minority group or homosexuals.

Things so BRAZENLY homophobic and racist that it actual makes me want to write a letter! I actually feel outraged to the point of action!

They better be careful, because if fairly conservative individuals like myself are disgusted and moved by this behavior, then liberals might actually get off their hippy-dippy asses and make a change.

X-posted in my journal.

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[03 Jun 2006|03:54am]

what do ya'll think about that show on MTV "Blowin' Up" ?

I <3 it. But i would love to hear from people who hate it too.
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Ah... [01 Jun 2006|09:37pm]

[ mood | jammin' man ]

further explanation with a lot more intelligenceCollapse )

Love and Peace

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