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Multiracial Bill of Rights: applicable to all

If you haven't read this - by the wonderful Maria P.P. Root- I think you should, GT. It's good reading and encompasses what I feel are great policies concerning almost any facet of identity, not just multiracial identity. It was also referenced in the US Census's discussions about allowing multiracial identity on forms! In addition, it's how I personally deal with identity, how I treat all of you when it comes to your identities, and how I expect to be treated in return.

Here's the bill of rights:


Not to justify my existence in this world.
Not to keep the races separate within me.
Not to be responsible for people's discomfort with my physical ambiguity.
Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.


To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify.
To identify myself differently from how my parents identify me.
To identify myself differently from my brothers and sisters.
To identify myself differently in different situations.


To create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial.
To change my identity over my lifetime — and more than once.
To have loyalties and identification with more than one group of people.
To freely choose whom I befriend and love.


In addition, please check out the following links. Especially the one on the multiracial oath of social responsibility.

I'm not sharing this to say that "everyone's mixed ladadi ladida" or "this means otherkin are legit oppressed" because, no. Words still mean things. Don't get into that with me. I'm sharing it with you because my experience multiracial has parallels with my experience as bisexual, with my experience in mental health, with my experience on my appearance, and even a bit with my family's drastically altering financial and class situation. I want us all to realize what we have in common and build off that while still celebrating our differences.


Please discuss amongst yourselves. Be excellent to each other, and party on.



p.s. No rehashing of dramallama, please. Keep all comments respectful and on-topic or you'll be deleted and will have to deal with it!

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