I agree, I think she is the one that is having issues. I am mix race as well, and I have never feel as free to have my hair as puff as I am right now, all the time, everywhere.
This article kind of reads more like a diary entry than anything. Being mixed-race myself, and having lived for a few years in a 99% white area, I can see where this article could have made some excellent points. It didn't, though.
"I’m overjoyed that she loves her hair. I’m also afraid there will come a day when she tells me she wishes it were long, straight, and yellow"
Why do I think she is the one that have some issues, as a mixed race myself, I have never listen my mom wondering I will like to turn myself white and pretend to have my hair yellow. Offensive.
I can't believe how many times race is brought up in this article. The fact that a mom would even know the percentage of black, mexican and white kids at a school is disturbing. You can't teach your kids to be color blind if you yourself see everyone as a color.
The day when we see people as just people, not a race, is the day that racism disappears.
Food for Thought: Could you imagine if this piece were written by a white woman? How would it come off if the article stated that a mom was shopping schools looking for a higher percentage of white kids? hmm...
I cannot figure out what this hodgepodge rambling article is actually about. What I have garnered: some lady burns way too much gasoline in an effort to avoid...living closer to where she feels comfortable? Same lady also spends way too much time concerned with pointing out the differences in people, rather than the similarities, which only serves to fan the flames she claims to want to douse. . Same lady's husband is deluded to think that the future "math and robotics" studies of his son will position him "whiter & whiter"...try Chineser & Chineser. Our American universities actually recruit from Asia for math & engineering students. hello?
How people are still so frackin concerned about their genetic lineage is mind boggling. We're all mutts at this point. Every. Last. One. Of. Us.
And enough with the hair! I see so few African Americans actually embracing their real hair, that a large percentage of the hair "blame" needs to be put on the African American culture itself. Getsoreal. I have no idea why the Nicki Minajs & Beyonces etc of the world all go to great efforts to sport fake blond locks. I think they look stupid and tired compared to the killer fro they could be sporting yet aren't. Seems like keepin it real would also take a fraction of the time & money too. So great article about how you are collectively being culturally & financially gullible?
Oh & if there is a fourth grade teacher in CA that doesn't know what grits are, I challenge anyone to find them. Since corn is so exotic & all...
Whatever! This is by/about somebody who wants to be relevant, jumbled up an article and convinced somebody to print it. There's so much self-hatred and so many stereotypes in this piece I wouldn't even know where to begin to critique the writing. Somebody needs counseling!
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