In the past, these Americans would have been labeled “quadroons” or “octoroons.” Today their options are so much broader. What can they teach us about race in 2014 and in the future?
an interesting convo that many latinegrxs may have already be experiencing. what, if anything, may the US learn from looking to all of the Americas and Caribean around this topic?
thoughts? a part of me thought “hmm, really? ok…”
it seems that the real issues here are “will this person have white privilege?” and “how will they choose to label themselves in the face of this white privilege?” and those have been the questions all along, in my opinion, whether you’re from the united states or latin america. the mother in the article says that the daughter has so many more options now, but these options have always existed and the conversation has always been about those who have privilege and those who don’t. the only new things are labels and categories which mean something on paper, but turn to dust when held against society’s views, especially in the united states where national identity is not always a seen as a source of social cohesion.
I think about this A LOT in regards to my son. I believe it really comes down to privilege. My son is white-passing and will benefit from the way he is perceived and that absolutely terrifies me. I’m afraid that he will grow up and harbor prejudices and racist ideologies against people that look like me and his other Black relatives. And it isn’t that preposterous to think that he will— it’s hard not to be racist when you’re white. I find myself purposefully surrounding him with PoC. I want him to look around and be the minority because that’s what the rest of the world looks like. I want him to see first-hand the way people that don’t exactly look like him are treated in comparison to himself. Ultimately, I want him to know where he comes from and use his privilege positively— no matter which box he chooses to check.