Confessions of a Distracted Mixed Chick

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Confessions of a Distracted Mixed Chick

By TaRessa Stovall

@taressatalks

 

I want to write about some of the pressing issues facing the Multiracial community.

But I confess: I’m too distracted to focus on that right now.

I’m distracted by the heart-shredding nightmare of immigrant babies and children being separated from their parents and held in inhumane conditions for who knows how long…

I’m distracted by the many policy moves this U.S. government is making that seem to be steamrolling human rights from too many directions to process at once…

I’m distracted by the rise in blatantly hostile words and acts of racism against People of Color across the nation…

I’m distracted by nonstop stories about police being called on Black people for an increasing number of activities that used to make up daily life but are now dangerous risks…

I’m distracted by the “othering” taking place against Latino immigrants that experts are comparing to the way that Nazi culture took hold in Germany decades ago…

I’m distracted by the fact that school gun massacres are now so commonplace that we’ve stopped processing the details…

I’m distracted by the fact that gentrification and skyrocketing housing prices are causing growing homelessness in so many American cities…

I’m distracted by the fact that we’re destroying our planet and there are people who want to debate the reality of climate change and the fact that it’s driven by human consumption, much of it in our country…

I’m distracted by the growing reality of water wars…

All of these things impact Multiracial people, families and communities…

And we are all interwoven into each of these issues in some way…

We are part of the fabric of this nation and we cannot be separated from that reality, for better or worse…

One thing that sets us apart from many other racial/ethnic groups is that we operate more as individuals than with any sense of being a collective…

I mean, we’re not really a collective, are we?

And if we were, what would that look like?

The “colored” class created by South African apartheid was a weapon for keeping Black people oppressed…

What would a Multiracial collective look like?

How would we group ourselves?

How would loyalties be defined and tribal lines drawn?

My mind dances with these questions, and then returns to the onslaught of news, so that before I can ponder them long enough to explore answers…

I am distracted by the raw realities around us…

Focused on how I—and we—are going to survive…

Please forgive this lapse in my ability to form and express a clear idea or coherent thoughts…

I’m distracted…

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Published on: June 22, 2018

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