We’ve talked about interracial marriages a bit here, huh. If you’ve missed any “editions” check them out here: Interracial Marriage Blog Posts
OK, so we’re cruising and having a good time. Rohan is one of the very small amount of babies on board, (not to mention he’s just the cutest thing ever) so naturally he attracts a lot of attention. Most people gave the usual compliments of oh he’s so cute, precious god bless him bla bla bla… but some people made some….different comments.
“People have been calling Roey a ‘nice mix’ like he’s a dog or something.” John says to me one night. He went on to say he knows they didn’t’ mean it in a bad way, and they probably don’t know many mixed families etc. My gut feeling is that he’s probably right, but I still didn’t like it.
This cruise was also the most “starey” ever. John, Roey and I were like JayZ, Beyonce and Blue. Everybody would stare at us. Some with smiles, and some with….other kind of faces. It was strange. I just smiled and waved, like Beyonce would lol. Most of the times that made people look away quickly.
I want to say they were staring cuz we’re just an awesome looking family, or maybe because we were markedly younger than the majority of the other passengers…but…real talk…you know when someone’s
a racist fuck thinking yucky things. And that’s what was going on quite often on the cruise. It felt so ugly.
Do you get stared at a lot? How do you handle it?
Which brings me to:
I’d never seen this commercial before today on BabyMakingMachine’s blog:
How cute is that? Seriously!
What I love about it, besides the ADORABLE lil girl, is that it’s not a “black” commercial. Commericals these days seems to make a white, black and latin (in spanish) version. Have you noticed? And then in the black version there’s the stereotypey slang talking and wahtnot. But this commercial was “race-free” and could’ve been done exactly the same with a white family, asian family, hispanic family etc.
However, this was an interracial family and people went up in arms about it. Being a wicked cynic, my first thought was that people were only upset because it was a black man/white woman couple. But the fact remained that people were leaving horrid racist comments on the video so much so that Cheerios had to disable commenting.
What the F is wrong with people? Someone please tell me. I know this is a racist country (read: world) but it’s getting ridiculous. Interracial couples exist, and should be portrayed more often in mainstream media. There are boatload of mixed people who deserve to see representations of themselves and their families on TV and in print just as much as others.
What do you think?
The commenters on the post where I found this commercial had a lot to say…(I commented too)
Which brings me to:
White people. (and anyone else who says this stuff) Listen to me carefully. You do not have to say “I don’t see color” or “I’m colorblind” in order to let people know you’re not a racist. Really, if you don’t see color you need to head to the opthalmologist and get that checked out. I understand what you’re trying to say, but those trite comments seem disingenuous. (because they’re false) We all know you see color. So say what you really mean.
One of the commenters on the post mentioned that she didnt realize the father was black. C’mon lady. We know you saw the brown skin, so be honest and say that it just didn’t matter to you that he was black and the mom was white. It’s OK to speak the actual truth of your feelings about race. If more people did, whether the feelings are good, bad, confused or other, we’d be able to have a more truthful dialogue about things.