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June 24, 2010

When Tragic Mulattos Use Scientific Racism…

To justify their identity, you should be neither surprised or offended. The White supremacist perspective on “racial realism” expresses the belief that race is a biological and scientific reality and that different races have inherent qualities and capacities that can be measured/predicted accurately along those racial lines. This is why you often hear people like AD Powell say “stand on your own genetic feet”, or Mixed White Advocate author Vanguard say “Hey, can you prove YOU’RE NOT inferior?…like other idiotic multiculturalists you deny scientific reality”.  Remember this as you become familiar with their perspectives and goals.

There are actually TWO perspectives on racial realism. According to research conducted by the National Institute of Health, Skin color diversity (and *genetic* diversity) is actually highest among Sub-Saharan Africans. This is important to note because it flies in the face of many assumptions about GENETIC race, and confirms that race is a matter of our social interpretation of our physical world.  This is the version of racial realism generally accepted by the scientific community (and anyone familiar enough with different types of people to know that just because you share skin color/appearance with someone doesn’t mean you are similar). Race is real because we  interact with each other based on assumptions made from appearance. It is a social reality, not a genetic reality. Two perspectives: one social, one genetic.

It’s funny that people who believe they are making “genetic contributions” to the Black race don’t realize their  argument implies that their genetic Blackness (although less visible) “contaminates” the White race, and therefore a racially conscious White society may be right in excluding them. Sounds familiar? This is the scientific premise of the one drop rule. They actually support this logic.

Although they often rely heavily on “scientific” logic to strengthen their argument, this is usually done with strategic omissions of contemporary scientific truth. View the charts below created by Zach/Vanguard (I must commend him for his “passion”):

The second chart is even funnier:

He states the following rationale:

…look at this composite of negro-cauacasian hybrids, negroes from Africa, and caucasians. Note the distinctions in racial phenotype. Color eyes from brown to blue, skin tone from brown to white, thin and medium lips, curly or semi-curly (as opposed to woolly) hair, a protruding nose of moderate or thin width, a rectangular face, unpronounced cheek bones(WHAT? LOL), are all caucasoid or caucasoid derived racial traits. Most are absent in pure negro populations. Now, as you can see, the mixed-race faces span a range of phenotypes between negro and caucasian. Use the perfect averages in the previous slide to evaluate these faces. In the general population, most mixed-race people fall into a range from the midpoint of the “mixed spectrum”, to several faces towards the caucasian pole. This exactly matches their genotypic ancestry, which is approximately 60% caucasian and 40% negro. The near perfect correlation between anthropometry and racial admixture has also been confirmed by scientific studies. Clearly, negro physical traits are neither dominant nor prevailing.

I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw these charts because he claims to be a student of sociology at Western Illinois University. Online universities don’t even play that mess!

Let’s start with his data set: pics of celebrities and google images of Africans, Europeans and Middle Easterners.  It does not occur to him for a second, that there is an inherent bias in the selection of Black Americans and Biracial celebrities as data representative of biracial people. It does not occur to him to at least use the same (or nearly the same) number of faces for each category (not that this would strengthen his conclusions by much), and lastly, if your Whiteness is about your European heritage, why are you using pics of White people who aren’t European at all-some of which coming from populations with non-Caucasian/White admixture? White people are assumed more genetic and phenotypic diversity than their beloved science actually states to be true, and Black people are given less. Coincidence? I doubt it. Even his second computer generated chart gives one typographic visual representation of Blackness and Whiteness (mind you the first and second charts don’t actually support each other when it comes to defining visual Blackness and Whiteness).

Anthropometry has been denounced as an accurate measure of race for generations now. But Vanguard and AD are on a mission to resurrect scientific racism-and use it for their “benefit”.

By the way, here is an African American with significant/recent European ancestry (according to African American lives-“19%”):

What does this tell you about someone’s genes & gene expression? What does it tell you about what someone’s appearance can communicate, and what their biological makeup might be?

It’s a crap shoot.  Just Ask these folks:

There is no chart you can point to (sorry Zach). There is no computer software you can use (lol) to accurately predict what your child will look like, and what social reality they will have due to their looks. According to Zach, the brother on the right should have more claim to his “European heritage” than his apparently “inferior” twin brother who will be relegated to the dreaded “tar bucket”.  These two boys, born at the same time, to the same parents, with the same genetic ancestors.

Can we honestly say that a movement that supports scientific racism  is really a movement that wants an egalitarian racial society and personal identification????

June 3, 2010

At Least They Used The Right Racial Slur

I wonder if it’s possible to quantify how much harder he would’ve been fucked up by the IMPD had he been more than “a mutt“:

Brandon Johnson, who is biracial, alleged that some of the five Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers who arrested him May 16 hurled a slur at him: “mutt.” Johnson said the officers punched, kicked and kneed him in the face while he was handcuffed. Prosecutors haven’t formally charged him.

Then again, the author of this article seems to lack the level of “clarity” shown by the police. Later the article states:

Police say the black teen tried to stir up a crowd when officers arrested his younger brother on a burglary charge.

And this warranted a beating?!?!?! Let’s be clear: I know the kid isn’t a saint (who is). But this is nothing less than excessive force. And it happens far less to delinquent White kids than to their Black and Black-ish counterparts. Unfortunately the NAACP seems to be the only organization interested in an investigation. Why? Where are the multicultural and multiracial organizations? Where are the organizations the represent the beige and tan community to which Brandon also belongs?  Why is racial inequality only a Black issue when plenty of “others” still manage to get their asses kicked? I really want to know.

The comment section of that article shouldn’t surprise any of you either. I’m too tired to pontificate on that. I’ll just say the rhetoric is really familiar.

April 20, 2010

It’s Black People’s Fault

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mulattoxbeauty seems to be a bit young and naive, so I am considering this as I go through her recent post. When one reaches biracialtiffany’s age, it becomes tragic.

I have not written much on the “one drop fallacy”. That is, the belief that if you call a so-called mixed person simply Black or White, you are “one dropping” them. Many members of the mulatto movement seem to lose the ability to understand argumentation when you call Barack Obama Black. One can disagree with the GROUNDS of an argument, but agree on the CLAIM. An unrelated example:

My friend Jen and I believe homosexuality is normal (for some).  We share the same Claim. However, our grounds for believing this claim are very different, and actually may contradict each other. Jen believes sexuality is entirely scientific/chemical/uncontrollable. I do not. I believe the desire to be sexually active may be inherent and uncontrollable, but I believe there is a significant amount of social influence that helps us determine who/what we are sexually attracted to. This varies from person to person, but ultimately it is not totally natural (hetero or homo). Much of our sexuality is learned. I rely much more on social constructivist beliefs than Jen does. However, we have the same bottom line: being gay for some is normal.

Back to the topic.

Just because Barack calls himself Black, does not mean you have to call yourself Black. It does not mean he supports the one drop rule either. Same conclusion. Different reasons.

In actuality, bloggers like mulattoxbeauty support the racist grounds of the one drop rule (that we are inherently different racially) by insisting on defining certain people by racial labels they may not identify with. Mulattoxbeauty states:

Black and White homes are very different.

When I asked her *how* they differ, and how she would know, my post got deleted (sounds familiar? As I said in my first post, they aren’t interested in thinking). I am actually aware that many African Americans have different social traditions than White Americans. But there is no typical White or Black home. PERIOD. I asked mulattoxbeauty  what makes Black and White homes different that can’t be explained by regional, economic, class differences. Especially American Blacks and Whites, who are far more similar than even they would like to believe (some White Americans tend to actually believe they are more similar to Europeans than their own neighbors-if you can believe it). As you’ve probably guessed, I got no answer. Because she really doesn’t know. She goes on to state:

How can he claim being African-American simply, he wasn’t even raised to experience anything dealing with being African-American?

Because you have to be RAISED to experience blackness. LMAO. So, if a Black child is adopted by Whites, he will be blissfully unaware of his Blackness for the rest of his life. That is, until the evil darkies FORCE him to identify as Black. Mulattoxbeauty, in her naivete, believes it is the Black American political force that MADE him choose Black. Not the fact that he pretty much looks Black and is treated as such. She says:

I personally believe that President Obama was obligated to live up to and take the title of being only African-American. Therefore, I’m sure he knew that when it came to checking his race on his Census form; it was going to be controversial. If Obama, denied being the first African-American President I am sure that a vast majority of the Black Community would be upset with him.

And there it is folks. Someone who does NOT identify as Black, does NOT live in a Black home (by her admission) and I am willing to bet does NOT know the majority of black people, is sure about how the majority of Blacks feel. I bet Michelle withholds sex any time he refers to his White family. I bet Malia shrieks in horror anytime he makes mutt jokes. I bet he’s just pretending (eye roll).

And what’s funny is, she doesn’t see the hypocrisy. She (and others like biracialtiffany) doesn’t see that when you attempt to exercise control over someone else’s choice, you are doing exactly what you say others do to you.

Also, as I stated in my FAQ section, mulattos simply don’t question society-particularly white society-matter when thinking about his decision. Of all the racial vitriol spewed at Obama, is it towards his Whiteness or Blackness? Is it only “half the hate” any other Black man would face? I doubt it. But Mulattoxbeauty is only concerned with those menacing darkies who forced an Ivy-league educated lawyer to be Black.

Tragic Indeed.

April 3, 2010

President Obama Checks Black on Census

Filed under: Snap for the kids — tragicmulattos @ 11:31 pm
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This is gonna hurt some feelings….

According to the New York Times President Obama declared himself African American on his census form. No explanation accompanied the article but I am curious to read the online responses to this. It seems as though people (the very people who want the choice to self identify) have a huge problem with his choice. So much so, that many REFUSE to simply call him Black. So I’m sure a few people are (or will be) stewing over this reaffirmation of his identity.

November 26, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

“Tis the night before Disney makes history (damn near 100 years after it’s first animated feature film). I’ve purposely stayed away from reading too much about the movie-I want to go in with a fresh mind and a clean lens. It ain’t easy being a skeptic. I, like your average American girl, was raised under the tutelage of the Disney Princesses. Ariel, Pocahontas, and Jasmine have all contributed to my formative ideas of what it is to be a woman. Dainty, scantily clad, whiny, and reasonably rebellious until my prince finally came and gave me a reason to shut the fuck up and live happily ever after. But I digress…

I’m sure (I hope)  the formation of the Tiana character received much attention and input from African Americans and Louisiana natives. Apparently, (as with all Disney flicks) there are some obvious improbabilities; for instance the flick is set in the early 20th century but no reference to the racial climate of a segregated state is presented in the film. Louisiana was a “peculiar state”, indeed. Despite oppressive racism and segregation (the home of Plessy v. Ferguson)  de facto multiracial communities did exist.

I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed that the prince isn’t Black. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s disappointing. Recently it’s been made known that films with Black couples are deemed less digestible for domestic and international audiences (see recent UK photo shop controversy). So the assumption is, if the main character is Black, the spouse should not be Black (think about Will Smith’s career as of late). What’s funny is, there is NO WAY they would have a Black prince getting romantic with a White princess on the big screen. Can you IMAGINE Ariel or Belle pining after Prince Jamal in some tight corset with her bosoms heaving while staring lovingly out the window?? HELL NO. But it’s okay for Pocahontas (yes, I know it’s based on a historical occurrence but let’s not act like they didn’t fuck up the whole story anyway), and Tiana. It sort of harks back to European imperial notions of White female purity. Certainly their bodies can’t be defiled by romantic interactions with non-Whites. But the bodies of women of color are already tainted and therefore need no protection from men of other races, especially not from White men.,+Princess+Tiana+-+and+the+%27white%27+Prince+Naveen.jpg

It’s obvious that Prince Naveen is purposely darker than the average White prince, but if he’s supposed to be biracial, they sure did push it with his appearance. Then again, Prince Naveen’s racial ambiguity is very much a reality in Louisiana historically, so I can’t be too mad about that. Plus, they did a great job with the Princess’ facial features! I wish they would have kept the initial Afroish hair though:

Anyway, I’ll report back if I actually get a chance to see it this weekend. I heard it’s sold out of some theaters already. I have no intention of fighting my way through crowds cuz I have no qualms getting hype with a 10 year old! LOL.

Because Black Women MUST Be Jealous of You

Sara Baartman

I am really fascinated by how much of a commodity beauty is in our society. This is doubly true for women, whom are (across the racial board) judged more harshly for their appearance than their male counterparts. When you consider the intersection of race and beauty, we arrive at some very sticky stuff. In case you haven’t guessed, the European aesthetic is the standard by which all women are judged.

Black women are arguably physically the most distinct from the European phenotype. Lips, nose, hair, and typical body shapes are sometimes SO distinct, they become objects of fascination/intrigue rather than simply being body parts. More questions about that? Google the tragic story of “Sartji Baartman”.

Despite what seems to be an ongoing assault on the image and self-esteem of women of predominantly African descent, studies show Black women have equal or higher self-esteem than their White counterparts. Yes, despite the overuse of racially ambiguous women portraying Black women in the media, despite being bombarded with images of White femininity, Black women have managed to emerge (at the very least) no more emotionally scarred than those for whom the beauty standards are set. Society’s response to our confidence? Media images of morbidly obese sassy Black women with bad attitudes and too much self esteem (Norbit). After all, how dare a Black woman (and how DOUBLE DARE a fat woman) deem herself worthy if Whites don’t? I guess we can’t win for losing.

Don’t get me wrong, Black women in the U.S seem to display a mixture of concession and resistance to anti-Black beauty indoctrination. Very few would approve of skin bleaching, but most do not critically question the practice of hair straightening (though this is gradually changing). It’s even harder to challenge the hair-straightening process because in the last century, the process of getting hair done has also provided an actual physical space for Black female discourse (“girl talk”). Be it the kitchen or the salon, the “hair space” can make a person feel “like a ice cube in a oven” if you aren’t a member of that “sorority”. Long wait times, questionable prices, and being unsure of what the hell you’ll look like when you leave can be really stressful. Add to that list the cheeky regulars who believe you’ve forfeited your right to “face” when you enter their space. As a girl who was never allowed to do the bimonthly salon thing, I know exactly how this feels. Plenty of Black women do too. Let’s see how Youtube’s Tiffdjones interprets this phenomenon:

Now, I’m well aware of the issues that exist between lighter and darker skinned Black women. I’m also aware of the ongoing desire for some Black women to achieve Eurocentric hair aesthetics (straight, long, etc). I DO find it interesting that her immediate interpretation  of that experience was that all of those women MUST be jealous of her. Because after all, any Black woman who isn’t absolutely honored to be in the presence of a mulatto and absolutely hell-bent on making her comfortable must be harboring some deep-seeded jealousy. While watching her video I thought back to the times I’ve been laughed at while getting my hair done, the time I was charged extra for the “extra time” because she “didn’t realize how much was there”, and the time I was flat out DENIED service by the infamous Dominicans (funny how they don’t even need names, lol) after I went natural a few years ago. I think about those experiences, sometimes hurtful, sometimes too funny and stupid to be hurtful, and I wonder since I’m not biracial, what’s my excuse?

Another thing I thought about, was the privilege Blacks often give biracials in Black (and sometimes White) contexts. This is more often communicated to biracial women by Black men, so it’s no surprise that a biracial woman in a Black female context was treated (at worse) with a little hazing, or (at best) like any other random girl. Growing up, it was pretty common knowledge that the default pretty girl would always be mixed (this would later be replaced by mixed and/or had an amazing body). However, when I went to a nearly entirely White high school I found that this simply didn’t happen in White environments. In fact, for a particular biracial girl, the combination of red hair, a slightly tighter than average curl pattern, and an affinity for Bob Marley shirts made me realize that it could be downright hard. I finally decided to ask a male student what was so funny about her. His reply was, “you don’t see Bozo’s sister?”

In reflecting on the many times I’ve observed biracials in Black and White contexts, I come to the same conclusions; overly regarded in one environment, nearly invisible in another. This is mainly applicable to the heterosexual contexts I’ve observed. This leads me to another hypothetical conclusion about Tiffdjones’ video:

If the women making her uncomfortable were White, she wouldn’t have the gall or the audacity to assume they were jealous of her. I would put my life on it. I’ve witnessed it before, Biracial women in White female groups often resign themselves to “supporting actress” roles, even if they are attractive enough to be the center of attention. They don’t conceptualize themselves as threats to the social value of White women (certainly not in the eyes of White men), so any tension that arises between a biracial woman and a White woman is likely interpreted as an individual act of meanness rather than some racially loaded act of biracial envy. The blogger has mentioned that her mother (who is Black) discouraged her from trusting Black women with he hair, and this may very well be an example of how the minority parents of biracial identified children often impart their racial insecurities on their children, and these insecurities become a part of their racial identity (as with all racial identities). I will discuss this in more detail later. It pokes a critical whole in the “best of both worlds” argument, or the argument that Biracialism is a fundamental representation of racial progressiveness. Racial progress encourages you to stereotype the very group to which your mother belongs…and your mother encourages this as well???

I guess what I’m asking is…is it really their inferiority complex or your superiority complex??? I think someone who has been raised to be distrustful/wary of a certain group will likely interpret anything they do with that predisposed expectation.

November 25, 2009

Hello world! FAQs

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Welcome to TragicMulattos. As noted in the “About Me” section, this blog is a critique of the modern multiracial movement. I say modern because, contrary to popular belief, mulattos have historically made attempts to organize around a multiracial identity. The MYTH that the One Drop Rule is THE defining aspect of the history of Black/White intermarriage in America is untrue. In fact, the One Drop Rule was a relatively minor aspect of our racial history, and AT NO TIME was it applied in every state, nor in every community. It is important to challenge the idea that ANY time a person of mixed ancestry identifies themselves by one race (be it White or Black), it MUST be due to the One Drop Rule.

The modern multiracial movement (which I will call MMM) has emerged in the last 30 years. Before the late 1970’s the majority of Black/White intermarriages that took place were between Black women and White men. With integration and the dismantling of segregation law, there was a huge shift in the gender makeup of Black White IR relationships, in which White women were now emerging as the mothers of non-White children. Although gains were main during the post civil rights era, Blacks were still systemically and institutionally discriminated against-from employment to education. Yes, this institutionalized racism included the mistreatment of Black children in desegregated schools. Outraged by society’s treatment of their children (not all non-white children), White women sought to secure a social and political space for their children in which they knew their children could not be White, but would not have to be Black. It is natural for someone to want to protect their children, but where does this take our social understanding of race? Dr. David Harris from the University of Michigan’s department of Sociology says that the multiracial movement is:

driven by outraged white women, and I think that’s good. Society is more responsive to the movement because so many of the women driving it are white.”

Basically, the MMM started as 1. An exercise in White female privilege and 2. The attempt to transfer this privilege to their disenfranchised children. In a way it seeks to strengthen our outdated views about race because it demands that our antiquated racial identities be transferred to our children, rather than demanding that our social structures not recognize race at all.

This was NEVER about “accuracy” and  “progress”. If you wanted “accuracy”, shouldn’t you be fighting for all people to be labeled human, which is our ONLY true scientific race? If it is about progress, isn’t it more progressive to move away from racial labels instead of creating new ones?

jazmine_dubois_boondocks.jpg image by NuGenius

Some FAQs you may want to know about this blog

1. Do you oppose the biracial or multiracial identity?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. I oppose much of the rhetoric surrounding the MMM, and that’s what this blog is about. If we do not change and challenge our outdated understanding of race, and APPLY that knowledge, we will simply repeat the past using new jargon. Don’t tell me you’re biracial because of genetics or  biology, then say you oppose the One Drop Rule. Both use pseudo-science to justify your existence. BOTH ARE WRONG. However, I see biracialism as a lived social experience. An experience that NOT ALL PEOPLE with one Black parent and one White parent will have.

2. Why create a blog about this?

I created this blog because many blogs and websites are antagonistic towards any sort of criticism or opposition. I found it best to just create my own space and allow those who seek to find.

3. Why is your blog named TragicMulattos?

It brought you here, didn’t it? LOL. But seriously, the tragic mulatto archetype is prevalent in US literature. One of the main oppositions to the tragic mulatto archetype is that society (particularly Whites) are only encouraged to shun the racial status quo when the face of racial mistreatment is White or nearly White.

4. What are some of the issues you have with the MMM?

*No strong criticisms of the structure of race in America aside from their desire for a MR label

*The MMM often positions Whites as innocent/ignorant racist and Blacks as antagonistic/malicious “crabs in the barrel” racist.

*Tons of loaded racial subtext. In much of the discourse, even when the intention is to be race-neutral, the implicated meanings are often times anti-Black and racist.

I’m sure there are more that I will write as time goes on.

If you have any pertinent questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section.