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The Attitude to Biracial Couples in Modern Society

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Introduction

Typically when you see a biracial couple or family in public places such as the movies, grocery stores, church, restaurants, etc. there are those stares with questions. I was always taught not to stare but my mom never told me about biracial couples so of course when I would see them I would stare but not because “it’s a problem” but because of how pretty there kids are. Their skin color and hair texture was every child dream once upon a time. Although I was born with beautiful hair I hated my skin color because people would make fun of me. I want to farther my knowledge on biracial couples because when I was younger I always wanted to marry/have kids with someone from a different race so I’m interested in seeing the challenges that biracial families face. Of course since society has this image painted of the perfect family or perfect kids almost everyone imagines a light skinned child with grey or blue eyes. What I Know, Assume, or Imagine

However, I am aware that it might make them uncomfortable with people staring at them because they found love in someone that is not the same race as them. It’s said that you cannot control who you fall for because it just happens when it is true love so judging them or staring is not the right way. I can only imagine the kids being bullied because somebody doesn’t have their hair type or skin color which is almost worse than being talked about because you are darker than what society approves of. I watched the movie “Loving” which was based off a true story about an African American lady and Caucasian male falling in love and being arrested because they wouldn’t leave each other alone so I saw how it was until 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled intermarriage legal for all Americans.

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The Search

There are approximately 7 million people in the United States who identify as mixed-race, with half of these being under the age of 18, and it is estimated that the mixed-race population in the U.S. will reach 21% by 2050. Yet, multiracial individuals and families remain marginalized and overlooked by mainstream U.S. society. As a result, the unique issues and struggles they face are often poorly understood by professionals, co-workers, friends and extended family, making it difficult to successfully manage challenges when they arise. Multiracial children are one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. The number of mixed-race families in America is steadily increasing, due to a rise in interracial marriages and relationships, as well as an increase in transracial and international adoptions.What I DiscoveredI discovered that multiracial kids do not differ much from dark skin kids with “nappy hair” they still have self-esteem issues and psychiatric problems. They are often achievers with a strong sense of self and tolerance of diversity.

References:

  1. Iliades, Christopher. “Multiracial Parenting: Challenges and Opportunities.” The Pulse, The Pulse, 26 Nov. 2017, blog.pregistry.com/multiracial-parenting/.
  2. Cole, Liesa. “Modern Life: A Biracial Family Shares Their Story.” Family Circle, Family Circle, 17 Dec. 2015, www.familycircle.com/teen/parenting/communicating/a-biracial-family-shares-their-story/.
  3. Aacap. “Multiracial Children.” Frequently Asked Questions, www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Multiracial-Children-071.aspx.

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