Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Bill of Rights

This was posted on my best friend's facebook and I wanted to share it as a homage to her and my other multi-ethnic friends.

Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People
--Maria P. P. Root, Ph.D.

I have the right...
not to justify my existence in this world
not to keep the races separate within me
not to be responsible for people's discomfort with my physical ambiguity
not to justify my ethnic legitimacy
I have the right...
to identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify
to identify myself differently than how my parents identify me
to identify myself differently than my brother and sisters [and family]
to identify myself differently in different situations
I have the right to create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial
to change my identity over a lifetime-and more than once
to have loyalties and identify with more than one group of people
to freely choose whom I befriend and love

Maria P. P. Root is a clinical psychologist who studies biracial and multiracial identity in Seattle, Washington.

1 comment:

Tanya and Mattea said...

That was really nice. Mattea's pic looks like she is absorbing everything that was said!