Multiracial Media News Roundup for Week Ending September 8, 2017
Millennials Most Likely to Identify as Multiracial
The nation’s 79.8 million Millennials are making history in many ways, according to research from the Pew Charitable Trust. They’re the largest living population, but because they’re often living in college dorms, with their parents or roommates, they head fewer households than Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.
Among those who are heads of household, in 2016 Millennials became the generation with the largest number identifying as Multiracial. Pew states that they “are among the nation’s youngest racial and ethnic populations, with a median age of only 19 as of 2015 … Around 630,000 Multiracial Millennials headed a household in 2016, compared with about 540,000 Multiracial Gen Xers and a similar number of Multiracial Boomers.
Family of 8-Year-Old Boy Hung by Noose has Questions
An 8-year-old Biracial boy in Claremont, New Hampshire was playing with a group of White teens in their neighborhood when the boys started calling him racist names and throwing sticks and rocks at him. Then the teens grabbed a nearby rope, put it around the Biracial boy’s neck and pushed him off of the table on which he was standing.
The boy’s family is reportedly “trying to determine what led him to suffer rope burns around his neck.” He had cuts on his neck and was airlifted to a nearby medical center and released, with no reports of internal injuries. His family has expressed concern about his mental well-being as a result of the incident.
The Hot New Movie About Passing for White
While the term “White-passing” is popular when referring to Mixed or Black people who are very light-skinned and ambiguous-looking and/or appear White to at least some people, a new movie explores the old-school concept of passing for White as a form often synonymous with denying one’s loved ones and betraying one’s heritage in order to enjoy the freedoms and privileges of whiteness.
“Across the Tracks” is a film that explores the identity choices of two young girls coming of age in 1960s segregated Georgia. The integration of schools prompts the younger, lighter-skinned sister to pass to attend another, presumably “better” school across the tracks. The tensions from her choice follow she and her sister throughout their lives.
“Across the Tracks” won awards at over 25 film festivals around the world. You can watch it here for just $2.00.
Thai Government Helps Women Cope with Challenges of Interracial Marriage
Thai women reportedly face all the regular challenges of interracial marriage—working things out across racial, ethnic, religious and national lines—along with scams and human trafficking that comes with living abroad. Kudos to the Thai government for offering a free course to help Thai women cope with these challenges and reduce the risk of scams. The courses will also help the women with culture shock and learning the norms of a new environment, along with their legal rights.
British Judge Rules for Race Must be Part of Caring for Child
A judge in Britain has ruled that social workers be required to consider the dual identities of five Mixed-race children when placing them into the care of local authorities. The five siblings, who are British and Pakistani, were taken from their family home due to their parents’ drug abuse.
Mixed Student Describes Discrimination in China and the U.S.
A 19-year-old Biracial man talks about discrimination in different communities. Eric Steinhart, whose mother is from Shanghai, China and father is from Iowa, travels between the family home in Chicago and other relatives in China. Eric told the South China Morning Post that in the U.S. he is considered Chinese with no American heritage, and often stereotypes as being a smart model minority. In China, Eric says he’s often stereotyped as not being able to speak the Chinese language in which he is fluent, because he is Mixed race and grew up in the west. He described being stared at on the subway, and called a “beautiful half-Asian.” At the same time, he said that he feels like a minority in the U.S. where he’s faced discrimination.