Apparently, by 2050 everyone in the world is going to be beige. But right now, in 2016, being a multiracial woman is not common, so it’s not always easy.
While being able to move through different cultures is a privilege, being multiracial is still reletively unusual in a society so deeply defined along racial lines. Being multiracial means fitting into many different groups — but never entirely.
My sister and I are half black, a quarter white, and a quarter Indian with British accents, and everyone we meet seems eager to immediately “place” us into neat boxes. It’s human nature to be curious about people’s backgrounds, and trying to solve the “puzzle” of a multiracial person is understandably interesting. But being the puzzle that people want to solve isn’t always great.
I’m not alone in feeling these things. We asked women from the HuffPost Women and HuffPost Black Voices Facebook communities to share what they wish they could tell the world about the experience of being mixed-race. Here are 19 things multiracial women want you to know:
1. “What are you?” is a really frustrating question to answer. We’re not deep sea specimens or a rare type of pondweed. “I wish people knew that I am open to discussing my heritage, upbringing, or anything in between, however the question, ‘What are you?’ is entirely offensive. I am a human being, just like the rest of us.” — Jessica, age 28, Washington