We Are Multinese

 Of the early mixed race groups from the 17th-19th centuries, I would have been referred to as a melungeon, which was tri-racial European, Native American and African. (I'm 1/2 Italian, 1/4 Cherokee and 1/4 Black) 

Other mixed race terms are creole, mestizo, metis and mulatto also the slang terms of redbones or yellowbones.

In high school I got a poem from an secret admirer. It started,

 

'I'm in love with Mulatta Liz who don't know what a Mulatta is'. 

 

It's true. I'd never heard the term before.

 

 

The politically correct trend seems to be to gloss over multiracial tagging and encourage referring to ourselves as just humans. I'm not prepared for that until we have extraterrestrial species walking amongst us. Openly, that is.

 

I'm quite happy being mixed. I look like a local of nearly any region accept for Northern Europe and the Far East. It's good for traveling.

I don't stick out.

 

The US multiracial population dropped to 6.1 million in 2005 from 7.3 million in 2000. Either 1.2 million mixies were no longer willing to refer to themselves as multiracial or else a whole lot of people got deported.

 

Here are the census guidelines: If you are 75% one race, you are classified as single race.  If you have at least 25% of two racial group you are classified as multiracial. The racial groups are: Indigenous, Black, White, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and Pacific Islander.

 

I guess they think that if you are mixed with less than 25% of 3 or more races, you are diluted to the point that you should be classified only by nationality: American, Brazilian, British and so on?

 

By the way, if you have , for example, British, German, Swedish, Italian and French heritage, you're considered multicultural rather than multiracial because these all belong to the Caucasian race.

 

How about replacing cumbersome hyphenated tags? Example: Instead of referring to those with African heritage as African-American, Afro-British, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban or Afro-Brazilian, we call ourselves Africanese.  As someone who is Africanese+ Italianese+ Indianese, I would then be a Multinese. That's easier to say than multiracial, isn't it? Kind of rolls off the tongue.

 

It's good to be Multinese whether you are multiracial or multicultural, in whatever country you live in. Our stories are unique. We've had the good fortune to experience at least two cultures in our lives.

 

[Underconstruction, many thanks for your suggestion of forming this group]

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4 Responses Mar 21, 2009

milady<br />
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i hear that the uv rays of the sunbed are not good at all.<br />
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if i go from the office in december, into the hot sun, then i burn and crack and peel. i really need to be exposed to the sun while it is still weak in august.<br />
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but i love it<br />
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milady<br><br />
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maybe part indian too (dot). My origins are from africa, europe and possibly, india as these peoples were inhabitants of st helena island in 1900.<br><br />
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the tan, what a pleasure, but i can still sunburn. damn this little bit of european blood. hehehe <br><br />
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all i have to do is to get sun on my skin from earlier spring, then my skin toughens for the heat of summer. it can get bad on the beaches of kosi bay/cape vidal (google them). one christmas morning, we had 32 deg C by 0800.<br><br />
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in pretoria we can get upper 30's in feb. time to be topless. so for most of summer, my uniform is, short pants, and ..... that's it. i slip on a t shirt and sandals to step out. great right<br><br />
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my pale friends spend 10 sessions on the sunbeds and then they cannot yet compete with my winter tan. just love it<br><br />
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milady<br />
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me too.<br />
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i am south african by flag, part khoi, part dutch, part german, eligible for british citizenship by lineage (it is rumoured).<br />
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I love my tan and it looks good after many topless summer days in the african sun.<br />
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hehee<br />
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b