There is no doubt that multiracial and biracial people are becoming more prominent. Whether it is in politics, in movies, sports or just in the dynamics of families that you see on your daily paths. You see multiracial families and biracial people more today than ever before either in person or on TV. That is a wonderful thing when you are raising a biracial child. Somehow they no longer have to feel so “different”.
While the biracial and multiracial populations are in fact on the rise, many professionals attribute the extreme jump in numbers to those who were simply classified into “one category” in the 1960’s and earlier. These were times where being biracial almost always got a person categorized as Black or Hispanic. While biracial people have existed on record as far back as the 1600’s it was not until the 1960’s that biracial and multiracial people were even considered to be a group separate from that of their parent of color’s ethnic classification.
The multiracial movement that arose in the 1990’s which birthed the Biracial Bill of Rights or the Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage by Dr. Root reinforced that “every child, who is multi-ethnic or interracial has the same right as any other child to assert an identity that embraces the fullness and the integrity of their actual ancestry.”
Now we live in an age where multiracial advocates exist to aide multiracial and biracial families in the struggle to equal rights concerning identity and classification. While the fight to add multiracial as a racial category has not yet been won, many are rising up and marking all that apply when faced with the option to pick one.
We still have a long way to go in the fight for equality, but along the way here are some things for parents of biracial and multiracial children to bear in mind.
Your children will see color, and there is no getting around that. They will see the different colors of their parents, their friends and the will see their color too. Unfortunately other people will also see color. In a world that so often does seem to see only black and white biracial stands out, but that is not a bad thing.
Let them know that is a beautiful difference and not a bad one to be ashamed of. I
f the day comes that your child wants to choose, and it may come, let them. Let them even if they want to identify one way one day and another the next.
Remember, it is their journey.
Most of all give them understanding and boost their confidence by letting them know that being who they are is enough. They most of all need to really, really know they are just like any other little kid. ~Spring Lee