MIXED WITH NOTHING; On Racial Perception and Identification


Whenever I am questioned about my racial composition – about what I am ‘mixed’ with – I take pause. For some, it is the unspoken belief that one’s beauty is qualified by the presence of physical features not traditionally thought of as black, and if a person possesses these non-black features they are not wholly black, but ‘mixed with something’. They become an entirely new and apparently, more desirable sort of person – a rare, exotic bird of paradise

This disturbing occurrence indicates the degree to which our society is still concerned with calculating beauty and establishing worth in relation to associations of race or ethnic classifications. The idea of mixed ancestry accounting for a more pleasant physical appearance does not take into consideration the fact that the most human genetic variations on Earth are found on the African continent. It is a fallacy to think of African physiognomy as…

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