Colored kids aren't beautiful unless mixed with white?
Recently, the NewYork Times blog explored “The Multiracial Beauty Complex”. And according to a comment from MiasAwesome, she says: "I think when people state how 'beautiful' or 'pretty' mixed children are they are acting with the best intentions however it perpetuate a stereotype that black children are not pretty unless they are mixed with white."
There has always been this fixation with mixed race individuals. It’s like people always feel the need to play the “Guess-what-race” game; it’s like people feel the need to make remarks constantly. Is it because it’s a face they can’t racially pin down? Are the remarks made out of ignorance, curiosity or just being uncomfortable? The thing I have realized is that people tend to get superficial. Remarks like “You look so exotic” or “Mixed race kids are so beautiful” tend to come up.
In her article "Mixed Kids Are Always So Beautiful.", Nicole Soojung Callahan, talks about the experiences of having mixed race kids. “Korean, Irish and Lebanese is such a unique combination,” said a friend of hers about her eldest daughter. “She’s like a poster baby for the U.N.!” Some people have asked her if she has ever considered having her girls as models. A friend went to the extent of listing her 5-year-old’s assets: "wavy brown hair, light coloring and, of course, double eyelids." Callahan points out that the friend only mentions "...her more stereotypically Western features, the ones associated with her white half." She continues: "We’ve heard similar compliments from others who, for whatever reason, seem enthralled by our children’s “ambiguously ethnic” looks: just a shade “exotic,” thanks to me, but lightened – and whitened – by their father’s genes."
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When it comes to talking about how beautiful her kids are and people trying to wonder what they really are, they only mention their white-looking features: light hair or rounder eyes… kinda like saying: They don’t look Korean.
“It is so painful to imagine my daughters ever wishing away their Korean heritage as I once did. I don’t want them to believe it is their white half that makes them attractive…”
Is the white in mixed race kids what makes people say they are beautiful? Why do you think people feel the need to comment on how they look?
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