mixed race...still politically correct??

Lori - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i have two mixed raced children aged 18 and 7. mixed race is what they prefer to be known as, after all that is what they are. my eldest half mauritian and half white english, the other quarter angolan, quarter portugese and half white english. they both have medium brown skin and dark brown hair. The eldest has green eyes whilst the youngest has very dark brown eyes.

however im being told recently that the term mixed race is not PC??? In my mothers day my children would have been called half caste- an awful derogitory term. But what is wrong with the term mixed race? The term bi- racial implies a mix of two races, so this is not appropriate for many race people. opinions please?

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Maria - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hi, Lori. Does it really matter what people think? It's society that coined the term, whether it's politically correct or not, we happened to be the mothers of beautiful interracial children. Personally, I prefer saying interracial rather than mixed race, since it's more generic and encompasses any and all races, whether it's bi-racial or multi-racial.

Jacqui - posted on 09/19/2009

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I like the tern bi-racial or mixed for my own children who are black and white, but mixed seems like an ok term for me, but you never know if anyone takes that to offense

LeAnne - posted on 09/19/2009

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I bet those who say mixed race is not PC anymore don't have multi-racial/cultural kids................and let's face it; who among isn't multi/mixed anyway????? I call myself Euro-Mixed (scottish, english, german, dutch, french) as a joke but it's true. Every one of us is a mix of different stuff.

Crista - posted on 09/17/2009

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I use the term 'mixed-race' for my daughter, who is half Jamaican, half white New Zealander. I think bi-racial is fine too, but as you said, implies only 2 different races, which isn't always correct for some people who are a greater mix than that. Whichever term you and your family are happy and comfortable with should be what you use.

Mary - posted on 09/17/2009

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People can be so rude, I am very pale with freckles and light brown eyes and hair. my daughter is mixed with myself and her father is black. she is much darker then me, and people say "is that really your daughter?" and i reply with "its REALLY is!" if im just as sarcastic and dumb as them, it makes them realize "opps" people need to get there heads outta there arse and look around this isnt the 40's or 50's anymore.

Laura - posted on 09/17/2009

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You said your kids prefer to be known as "mixed race" nuff said. There are alot of discussions on this forum about identification and some can get rather heated. I think that as long as your children have a preference go with it. What does it matter what others think? And who exactly are we trying to impress with being "pc" My oldest son says he's mixed my two younger ones don't give a flip one way or another. They know they were created in love and that they are just as God intended them to be. We are all happy with that.

Evelyn - posted on 09/14/2009

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I call myself and my child, multi~racial. We are not bi~racial either, I'm a mix of 4 and she is a mix of 6. I do use the term mixed as well from time to time.

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