Thursday, March 4, 2010

Paula Patton is offended, are you?

In a recent interview with Women’s Health Magazine Paula Patton said, “I find [the term biracial] offensive. It’s a way for people to separate themselves from African-Americans….a way of saying ‘I’m better than that’.

I’m black because that’s the way the world sees me. People aren’t calling Barack Obama biracial. Most people think there’s a black president.”


Source: Necole Bitchie.com: Is The Term “Biracial” Offensive?

As a biracial individual I get what Patton is saying as far as how we are perceived. My mom, who is white, said that she sees Obama as biracial. However, I told her although she might see things that way, to the majority Obama is just another black guy.

In fact, coming from my personal experiences, most people when they first meet me assume that I am just a light skinned black person. I know this because people tell me this. They also say that after I open my mouth I sound more like surfer Barbie vs Boquweesha which verifies my “other” qualities. This might be because I’m educated, but another reason might also be because OMG, my mom is like totally a white lady.

I don’t find the term biracial offensive. I’d find words like mutt, half-breed, cross-breed, nigger, etc. offensive before biracial. Why? Because I am more than one race and we live in a society where we have to label everything. So if I had to choose, biracial seems the most endearing.

I can’t help who I am. This is how I came out. When I first meet someone the first words out of my mouth are never, “Hi, I’m Ms Puddin, I’m biracial and I must tell you this because I think that if you’re not mixed you are not as good as me.” I think that Patton has a mixed complex that she needs to work out. I have nothing to hide. My multicultural race is something to embrace…

Wait a minute, timeout. Is it that deep? Is this even worth a discussion? There might be more people out there who would agree with Patton and or are indeed offended. Therefore, I’m wondering maybe the term biracial is equivalent now to when black people used to be called colored or negroes? Or is this going to be something blown way out of proportion?


Also find this article here.

37 comments:

LaFcuk said...

I'm multi-racial. Although I look like a Asian, White, or sometimes an Italian girl. I don't care what people decide to call me. Although it does bug me when strangers ask my nationality, but that's a whole different discussion:)

Kingsmomma said...

She's black because that is what the world sees her. That logic dates back to that whole one drop of blood theory during the antebellum period. To not say that you're biracial completely negates one half of who you are.

She'd better come to grips with that soon....and go take a look at Imitation of Life.

Sunshyne said...

I don't get why mixed ppl get so upset about being asked their nationality. I don't think most ppl mean any harm, some ppl are just racially ambiguous u just get a little curious.

Paula must've been around a lot of one-drop believin black people. Or maybe being around her husband's white family, they maybe consider her just black. *shrugs* idk

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Charles said...

I whole-heartedly agree with Kingsmomma. Thats straight up truth.

Even though you're wrong Paula Patton, I secretly wish that your marriage ends amicably with Robin Thicke and you finally return my calls.

suga said...

When I initially read her article, I was under the impression that she was specifically speaking in regards to movie roles. I can't find the article from your link, but I thought she was talking about "biracial" being a buzz word now and casting directors banking on "biracial" characters in an attempt to make money.

I have come to realize that people should embrace whatever the hell they want to embrace. If she wants to be considered Black, it could have a lot to do with her upbringing and identifying more with her Black ancestry. Who knows? *shrug*

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Mista Jaycee said...

U mean that the Sexxxy, and I DO mean Sexxxy Black Blogger, who I visualize while eating cheetos at the computer is NOT totally BLACK? IN AMERICA? Preposterous! 8-)
Bi-Racial is a cool term to denote that you have more than one Racial parent but in the overall scheme of things. Black Folks in this country have always been Bi-racial, Tri-racial, Multi-ethnic! Octoroon, Quadroon, Mulatto, Afrikan, anyone??? Paula Patton's viewpoint should be discussed cause We seem to think that Bi-racial Children only look like Paula. It's possible they may look like Gabby Siddibe and still be Bi-Racial! It's possible and it happens all the time. They may not get famous though.
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That Girl Kat said...

I don't see the problem with the term bi-racial. Maybe if I were bi-racial or mixed I could understand more where she's coming from but I'm not so I don't. To me it doesn't sound like anything offensive, it's just a fact. She is bi-racial, meaning 2 races. I don't see what the big deal is.

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