We are normal people who fall outside of the norm.
We are the fastest growing minority in the US–though I never knew that we were counted as a group.
We know how much #BlackLivesMatter. Our blood was spilled along with that of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and Akai Gurley. We are equally outraged by the 300+ cases of black deaths at the hands of police in 2015, and by the fact that Peter Liang was a fall guy one of them. We are embarrassed by what Southwest Airlines did to Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, and our broken hearts go out to our 6th grade sister in the Bronx brutalized for wearing her hijab. We identify with everyone and no one at all.
We are mulatto, mestizo, and multiracial. We are Amerasian and Afroasian, hapa and hybrid. But all of the labels in the world cannot help us spot one another on a train platform or pick friendlies out of a white crowd. We bear no common marks, share neither fatherlands nor mother tongues. We cannot bond over our ethnic meals, euphorically dance to our ethnic music, dress in our traditional ethnic clothing to celebrate our ethnic holidays. We fall between the fibers of our cultural lexicon and of our social fabric.
We are mixed-race folk, and we were homeless before Heidi.
See you at Mixed Remixed this June.
-Michael Maliner, guest blogger
Michael Maliner is a writer and photographer who will be attending the Mixed Remixed Festival for the first time in June 2016. His blog, Tides ‘n’ Tudes, can be found here: www.tidesntudes.com. He will be blogging about our events throughout the the festival. If you want to attend, register here. It’s free!REGISTER HERE!