Mixed Kids Roundtable: The Politics of Multiracialism and Identity

January 23, 2015 Jared Ball 5 Comments

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We were joined in this edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! by a roundtable of panelists for a discussion of the politics of multiracialism and identity.  Our guests included: Dr. Ralina Joseph, associate professor in UW’s Department of Communication and adjunct associate professor in the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Her first book, Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial (Duke University Press, 2012), critiques anti-Black racism in mixed-race African American representations in the decade leading up to Obama’s 2008 election; Dr. Darwin Fishman, Adjunct Professor at San Diego City College; and Ms. Lisa Fager, Professional agitator, Free Mind. Co-founder Industry Ears. Social market-er. HIV/AIDS Advocate. Indy Voter. Hip Hop. Black. White. Spook Who Sat By the Door.  We talked about the film Dear White People and more generally about the history of multiracial identities and the politics of popular culture representation of those identities, and bunch more!

Several of our music selections came from THIS LIST by J-Zone.

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5 People reacted on this

  1. Nobody ever took up the issue nearly as well, or in the appropriate spirit, as did director Tony Scott in his classic Jerry Springer scene in “Domino.”
    Hit the freakin’ nail right on the freakin’ head.

  2. Bro.Jerad Not all Jews are enemies but there’s a manafest destinied ethic clensing leader invited behind the token’s back to speak before Congress on February 11. I believe there should be demonstration against him and his right wing supportors (Ferguson to Gaza)

  3. Why didn’t anyone challenge Lisa Fager on the (often repeated) ridiculous notion that colorism isnt a thing when it comes how white people see/treat black people?? As if white people aren’t the originators of colorism?! Her racist white grandparents disowning her does NOT negate her light skin privilege & she seemed to be implying that.

    There is too much data (not to mention lived experiences) that proves lighter skinned black people get lower prison sentences, are suspended less often from school, get jobs over dark-skinned black people w/ more credentials/education…not to mention the social benefits.

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