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“The Half Series” Continues to Make an Impact on Colorism Issues

Senia and Dangerous

Dangerous Lee and her daughter, Senia.

It’s been almost two years since the The Half Series debuted here at DangerousLee.Biz and it has, to my surprise, continued to be the most popular piece of content on the blog. The Half Series is my take on race and color. I’d like to share an email I received from a young lady named Jenni:

Hi, my name is Jenni and I just happened to stumble upon your “The Half Series” blog and I wanted to let you know that I found it really eye-opening. My favorite part is when you said,”Race is a made up social construct. We are all once race. We have different ethnic backgrounds but race is not real. We are all mixed in one way or another. The whole White and Black thing was made up for oppressive purposes that are still alive and well today.” I feel like people need to wake up and realize that racism doesn’t even make sense.

I’m lucky because I’m white, so I’ve never had to deal with the struggles that people of other races have to deal with, especially children of mixed genetics, but a really close friend of mine is half black and half Puerto Rican and she’s told me how she had a really hard time fitting in with her family because she doesn’t act “black enough” or doesn’t have as many black friends as white friends. And it makes me really sad because people should just be accepted for who they are, not for what they look like.

I really love the message you’re trying to send and how you’re trying to get rid of ignorance. Also, I’m really shocked at the rude things people have said to you about your daughter. Like, seriously? They have the nerve to ask you stupid questions or comments? I mean, my mom always taught me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Wouldn’t it be enough to say, “Your daughter is beautiful.” Period. What ethnicity her father is is totally irrelevant.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I hear your message and I have received it well. Don’t stop trying to kill racism and ignorance. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, your words are making a difference.

Read The Half Series – When Black People Look White

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3 thoughts on ““The Half Series” Continues to Make an Impact on Colorism Issues

  1. I feel like I have to write to you. I recently read your half series and I can’t even begin to tell you how it touched me. All my life I have grown up confused about who I am. Am I black? Am I white? Am I that weird girl with bad hair? I’ve heard it all. I’ve tried to associate with the black girls, but I’m too white. I’ve tried to be a white girl, but I’m too different and black.

    My father is African (Eritrean-Ethiopian) and my mother is White (Lebanese/Irish) and I grew up in a predominately white community. My mother’s family are very American, and like most single-parent children I grew up associating with them rather than my father’s ethnic family. I talked like a white girl, acted like one, and yet I didn’t quite fit in. I don’t look black, but my god I am not white. I’ve gotten the “you must be Mexican” and “are you sure you know who your daddy is” comments more times than I can count, but I never really realized how common it is. Growing up it has felt like I’m in this alone. No one really got it. You’re either black enough or your not, and I definitely am not.

    My point is reading your post was like an aha moment. Finally someone wrote what I’ve always been thinking. I wish I could get everyone to read it. So, thank you for showing me I’m not alone.

    -Halla

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    Posted by Dangerous Lee | 07/03/2012, 10:45 PM

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