VOICES of Multiracial America: Big TV failures

Guest post by Trace L Hentz (co-editor of the Mix)

OK… I have big problems with mainstream media.

After a mass murder and churches burned (hate crimes), then being hit with constant news analysis 24/7, watching TV left me stunned but even more dismayed.  This happened on more than one night watching more than one network.  I KNOW we are better than this, more advanced thinkers, more united and much more compassionate.

If you watch TV, we’re as black and white and as divided as America was 100+ years ago. Sadly a majority of broadcasters (and legislators and lawmakers) are MEN, who don’t reflect our reality…  BIG MEDIA (especially TV) is not portraying “us” as we are: glorious diverse humans of many skin shades and colors! The media continues to show us as divided, blaming societies problems on non-white minorities.

Big Media pounding the drum of race and hate?

That is not the world I live in but apparently BIG TV wants us to believe “division” is real.

QUOTE: Audrey Smedley
I have defined race as a worldview and as an ideology of human differences predicated on the assumption of a natural inequality among human groups. “Racism” is any action or behavior that reflects this worldview. (Race: The Power of Illusion) (see below)

On a recent trip to the Gulf, I purposefully looked for other couples like me and my husband, other married couples who are mixed, wearing our different skin colors.  We were visiting with our friends from Austria who are also a mixed couple.  I saw stunning diversity in restaurants, shopping and on the boardwalks in Mississippi and Alabama.

Since our global community has truly wondrous diversity ever-changing for the better, I went to Twitter to find some brothers and sisters who are living the Mix.

This is what I found: an excellent excerpt from VOICES OF MULTIRACIAL AMERICA

Black. White. Asian. American Indian. Pacific Islander.

For much of the nation’s history, America has discussed race in the singular form.  But the language of race is changing.

With the rise of interracial couples, combined with a more accepting society, America’s multiracial population has grown at three times the rate of the general population since the beginning of the millennium.

The U.S. Census Bureau says 2.1% of American adults check more than one race. Using a broader definition that factors in the racial backgrounds of parents and grandparents, a new Pew Research Center report finds that 6.9% of U.S. adults, or nearly 17 million, could be considered multiracial today.
Read more in our detailed analysis

 

Made up of many different racial combinations, this mixed group is by no means monolithic.  The study finds multiracial adults have a broad range of attitudes and experiences that are rooted in the races that make up their background and how the world sees them.

Intermarriage and the children of such marriages – particularly white and black – haven’t always been accepted by society. It was less than 50 years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case bearing the evocative title Loving v. Virginia, struck down laws prohibiting mixed-race marriages that had been in place in 16 states, all in the South.

Keep reading (and more videos!)

And this post too:

Ethnic identity shapes part of one’s human identity as well as the influence of one’s primary and secondary socialisation. Human identity is also shaped by how you are perceived by others; if everyone told me I was a tomato, I’d likely start believing I was indeed a giant walking talking tomato, a bit like the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. My experience as a child was quite different to that of my peers. I grew up in an affluent predominantly White town in the Home Counties but I grew up in a far from nuclear family. Even though I regularly spent time with my dad, we were one of a few single-parent families in the town and my mum had to receive state support too. My older sister and I are different colours; in case you weren’t aware mixed race people come in a range of beautiful colours! And yes, some of us look white, some of us look black, caramel, toffee, vanilla and everything in between. This blew the shit off the heads of people in my town and even now one of the first assumptions is that we’re half sisters. Ironically, I am actually a closer skin colour to my half brother and sister who are my dads other children.

————- and lastly, from PBS RACE excerpts:

The idea of classifying people and placing them in definitive groupings has been around for hundreds of years. … In 1680 AD, the idea of classification by appearance slowly began to permeate society as lawmakers in the early colonies of North America began to use “white” as a classification of themselves rather than “Englishmen” or “Christians.” 1776 AD marks a turning point in the history of race in which the word “Caucasian” was first used by a man named Johann Blumenbach in his work On the Natural Varieties of Mankind. Blumenbach outlines one of the first hierarchies based on skin color, placing “whites” on top and four other “races” underneath. Superiority based on skin color soon became a widespread idea.

…Scientists began to search for scientific proof of race, the earliest of whom speculated brain capacity … Men like Jim Morton in 1839 concluded that “whites” not only have the largest skulls and thus the largest brain capacity, but that this is indicative of superiority. This “discovery” paved the way for many more scientists to explore the “scientific evidence” of race and justify the increasing popular view that some people were “better” than others based on appearance.  LINK

…Perhaps someday the news we see on TV will match our reality….Trace

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