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.