Sunday, March 5, 2017

From, "What Biracial People Know"

Yesterday's New York Times had an article by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, entitled "What Biracial People Know."It is a great piece that attempts to cover a lot of territory that relates biracial individuals to a set of assets.

What caught my attention, however, is a short paragraph in the article that describes the biracial individual's experience at

"...the idea of having several selves, and of trying to forge them into something whole. That task of self-creation isn’t unique to biracial people; it’s a defining experience of modernity."

And while, this experience is not limited to biracial individuals, and indeed, is the experience of modernity, for biracial individuals the notion of co-existing and defining ourselves as part of something greater than our fragmented selves, in a context that defines us in a narrow way, contributes to framing a broader and deeper narrative of what it means to be  bi-racial in America.

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