16 things to never say about a mixed person

Posted by James, 17 Dec 13

"Your English is great!" "Are you sure that's where you are from?"

These are just but a few examples of the most annoying statements people make whenever they meet a mixed race person for the first time. Its like strangers always feel they need an explanation as to why biracial individuals look the way they do. Well, Buzz Feed compiled 16 crazy questions and comments people bombard mixed race individuals with.

Watch the video so you can stop yourself next time before the words come out.

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  1.   Chimera13 says:
    Posted: 15 Aug

    Number one thing to never, ever say to a mixed person: "So you're black, right?" Never assume that a person adheres to the one-drop rule; it's racist in and of itself, regardless of who invokes it. Asking if a person is adopted isn't offensive, and isn't meant that way. Asking if a brown mom is the nanny IS offensive and clearly meant to be such.

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  2.   Mosiah7 says:
    Posted: 10 Aug 15

    You don't have to be mixed to be somewhat taken aback when someone says you speak English well. I think it's way more insulting when they say this to a dark skinned or brown skinned black American. It's like they always think we're going to sound like thugs and hoodrats based on certain prejudices about how we look and where we are from. Some don't realize that black people are more complex than that. The reason why I singled out black Americans is because most people don't seem that surprised when black West Indians or black Africans speak English well.

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    • Chimera13 says:
      Posted: 15 Aug

      Or it could be meant as a genuine, albeit hamfisted, complement; some people are incredibly erudite in comparison to the average American, regardless of colour.

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  3.   SammyLambs says:
    Posted: 19 May 15

    For 16 things to never say about a mixed person, many of these are things I get asked all the time! Now-a-days for the most part it doesn't bother me especially if the person seems genuinely curious and not just trying to be rude, also children are curious by nature and I get some interesting questions from them when they see me with my daughter. As I said though it doesn't bother me anymore, because I know how I am when I'm trying to figure something out or I'm really interested in something and I don't want anyone to feel ashamed or taboo asking me a question because really how can they learn or try to understand if we don't help enlighten them when they try??

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  4.   Akreazz says:
    Posted: 19 Apr 14

    I am a retired teacher, and I have always stated that biracial relationships demonstrate the best of both races. Further, no race is pure, and always be proud of who you are. As for black racist and white racist, you're both in the same boat and seeking fast. Last, I love my complexion and my grey hair. Because, cute close to my roots, my hair is soft,curly and wavy. Therefore, I am thankful for everything that God blessed me with. The racial mixing will stop racism. Therefore, the Black and White Racist know it and hate it. And, I love it. Power to the People!

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    • augustabj says:
      Posted: 28 Aug

      Thanks for your wonderful comments. Now I know what to say to a black and white racist. They think that they are always right and everyone else is wrong, but they don't realize that we all are children of god. Stay strong sister, and peace.

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