Where Biracial People Stand in the Times of the Black Lives Matter Movement

February 28, 2016 josierk No comments exist

where-biracial-people-stand-in-the-times-of-the-black-lives-matter-movementWe all want to support our children, but do we wholly understand what that means at all times? Your child, especially older children, may not talk to you about the Black Lives Matter movement. You can rest assured they talk to their friends. They see the news, and they experience the still lingering hatred by those people out there who have hate in their hearts. These children, our children, have a stance. Do you know what that is? Talking to our kids, and supporting their beliefs for this movement is so important.


I like to talk to people about their experiences, after all reporting on only my opinion in itself would be quite bias. I spoke to a young woman named Lillian. She is biracial, 20 years old and very well adjusted. She said that when she speaks of her culture, she is biracial, but when it comes to racism, she is definitely black. Her experiences chose her identity.


With every travesty from Eric Garner to Sandra Bland and all of those in between, Lillian was black. She felt the same pain as her peers, and she believed and still believes in the same movement to take a stand against the injustice. Living biracial takes none of the pain from tragedies happening everyday to our black brothers and sisters.


In these times the same crosses are carried by biracial individuals that are carried by Black Americans. Why would the movement lose any of its significance? Why would the tears shed mean any less? Why would a lighter skinned brother or sister be any safer wearing a hoodie in a white neighborhood, because to be real, people who commit such horrible acts do not see anything but brown no matter what shade.


Biracial people are included in the Black Lives Matter Movement, and as parents it is a good idea to support it, because in return you are supporting them and the modern day civil rights movement taking place all around us.


I for one do not want to be standing next to Trayvon Martin’s mother in a news conference because my brown child was slaughtered by a home grown terrorist because she was too dark for their pass on her life. I also understand my child will have fears and emotions as the future victims fall prey to these monsters. There has never been a more important time in history to take a stand. There is no reason more important that the fact that, though biracial, I have a brown child.


Black Lives Matter does not mean white or blue lives don’t. Me, many of my and many of Lillian’s white family members are very much believers and even activists in the movement, the fight, the struggle. While I believe all lives matter, there would never be a need for such a movement if black lives mattered in the first place. That’s just my opinion though. To me the secondary movements are merely a diversion created to take the focus off of the primary movement which is Black Lives Matter.


Some people may not agree with me or Lillian. That is ok. Still, as the parents of biracial children who will face these struggles, and possibly even the injustice that brown people of all shades endure, it is a good idea to see where your child stands and support them if you cannot support the cause itself. This is a big deal. In 2016 our children are still fighting for equal rights, and as their parents taking a peaceful stand on the front lines of this war is essential. A lot of white people stand for this movement, and I am proud to say I am one of them.


I would love to hear your thoughts.


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