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The Multicultural is No Cult!

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The multicultural society, or the general multicultural/multiethnic person, is in no way shape or form associated with any known multicultural cult; Nor are we an entity whose faith lies in the terrorist agenda, with extreme beliefs and violent opposition. We are not a group formed under the belief strict devotion toward a religious belief with the means to convert others and the audacity to advocate hatred on those who are dissimilar. We’re not your IRS-money-hungry seculars who ask for donations to help spread the word of our multiethnic tongues and customs and to see our people look down upon others. We are no cult!

Apparently, I’m angry and I think because of that, I let my emotions take stride tremendously without clear thinking. So now that my steam has subsided, let me continue…

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2009 06:04 )
 

Where's My Role Model?

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Imagine if you were black in the South, white in Latin America, and Colored in South Africa? The psychological transition of perceived social status and loss of a sound identity is detrimental to many American mulattoes. Being a mulatto, I have experienced the cons of not having a strong biracial identity; however labeling biracials as black in the United States affects the African-American community as well. History shows that due to racism, slave quotas, and the invention of the hypo-descendent rule, the offspring of whites and blacks were usually identified as black in the socially, dichromatic United States. Posing such an audacious claim has a major counterproductive problem in today‘s society: it presents a certain required look for achievement in the African-American community.

According to all news outlets, Barack Obama is the first black U.S. President. Halle Berry won an Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball, and is popularly referred to as the first black woman to win the award. Lewis Hamilton is cited as the first black F1 racer. The list goes on of notable “black” achievers; however, the achievers listed are not black: they are mulatto. Hypothetically speaking, if mulattoes were black, this would dichotomize the African-American community. This pseudoscience would convey that in order to achieve, one must look a certain way, id est light skin and semi-European features. When Vanessa Williams became the first “black” Miss U.S.A, did it not convey that a certain look for African-American females was required to hold such a glorified title? This is racist against African-Americans. The labeling of mulattoes as black hurts the African-American community.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2009 05:52 )
 

Half Japanese Singer, Judith Hill, Represents “The World”

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When the world mourned the loss of international icon, Michael Jackson, a ray of hope was shown through singer, Judith Hill. Half Japanese, half African American, Hill symbolized "the world" as she stood as the centerpiece for the song, "Heal the World" during the closing of Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center.

When the world mourned the loss of international icon, Michael Jackson, a ray of hope was shown through singer, Judith Hill. Half Japanese, half African American, Hill symbolized "the world" as she stood as the centerpiece for the song, "Heal the World" during the closing of Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center.     

She represented an image of the future as she stood in the middle of children of different races. It was striking to see an obviously mixed person at the center of an invitation to the world to join hands to not only celebrate the life of a legend that had worldwide appeal, but to make a difference in this world. The performance evoked images of the transcultural appeal President Obama has as a bridge between nations who feel at times very different from one another. The message of Jackson's songs, "We Are the World" and "Heal the World," calls for the world to bring an end to world suffering. Throughout his career, Jackson dedicated himself to helping poor and sick children all around the world. The Guinness Book of World Records cites Jackson as holding the world record for the “Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.” 

So with Jackson’s universal message of love and tolerance, it was fitting that Judith Hill was chosen to sing since she is, herself, the embodiment of love without racial boundaries.  Judith Hill, a Los Angeles native, was born to a mother from Japan and a Black musician father. When it comes to her biracial experience, Hill has a sense of humor, “I was a skinny mixed kid with a lot of hair that I didn’t know what to do with (and still don’t know what to do with it). And my mom could not help me with it!” And much like her background, her music is described on her website as a "melting pot of so many styles." Her voice is a blend of diverse artists ranging from Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin to even Led Zeppelin.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 17:06 )
 

The Essence of a Multicultural Society

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"I can’t trust him… He’s an Arab!” Sound familiar? If not, take a quick glance at this lady from a McCain rally (she comes after the first guy):

First-of-all, I would like to point out that Webster defines the word “Arab” as a member of an Arabic-speaking people. In other words, this means that an Arab is defined independently of religious identity. So, we’ll just assume that grandma was probably equating Arabic people with Muslims. But grandma isn’t just an anomaly; there are many people in the United States just like her who believe Barack Obama is a Muslim. Just take a look at a few quotes taken from McCain/Palin supporters at an Ohio rally:

-“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”

-“Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda - a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but… I dunno, it’s just kinda… a little unnerving.”

And just for kicks…
-“He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2009 05:02 )
 

Keiton Knight

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Seven-year-old Keiton Knight is dead. Now, I know the first question that comes to mind is how could such an adorable child have died. Well, we killed him. Of course I’m speaking metaphorically, but because of the way we (society) view race, he died. Keiton had Acute Myeloidblastic Leukemia and desperately needed a bone marrow transplant. “Well, why didn’t he get one?” you may be asking. Keiton could not because the British Bone Marrow Registry, one of the largest in the world, failed to turn up a match. Contrary to popular belief, an individual’s race can come into play when it concerns biological matters.

If you haven’t guessed yet, Keiton is biracial. He was born to a black father and white mother. Up until the latter part of the 20th century society has generally labeled such children as solely black/African-American. Studies have shown that erroneous misclassifications imposes psychological problems on mixed-race children, it also hinders certain genetic based medical practices. You see, Keiton’s best chance of finding a suitable donor was among the mixed-race community, not the black one.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2009 06:17 )
 
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