I remember a few years back, I was watching a television show about an interracial couple who was facing backlash from family members about their relationship. The family was concerned that the parents-to-be would end up with a child who will have a life of immense struggle -- because that child will of course be biracial.
I am here to tell you that being mixed didn't ruin my life.
It made it better.
Of course, my childhood wasn't all rainbows and lollipops. Although I faced some race-identity issues when I was young, I had much tougher shit I had to deal with inside of my home. My struggle of trying to have a normal family experience had nothing to do with the fact that I was biracial -- but due to the fact that life happens, and along with life, there are just a lot of problems that come with it.
If anything, being biracial made me better understand the issues concerning colorism, racism, and cultural biases in both the Latino and Black communities. It also helped me understand the identity issues that come from being mixed. It was easier for me to grasp these complex issues by using some of my own personal experiences and applying it into a general sense. I was also about to think about some of these issues on a global scale.
I gained perspective.
Just like every child growing up -- I had my own demons to deal with. Some kids had to deal with divorce, weight issues, sexual identity, abuse, school pressure, mental illnesses...the list goes on. One thing that was on my list of things to deal with was being mixed. It was just something different I had to face.
In the last U.S. census, 9 million Americans chose more than one race. Interracial relationships and mixed children are becoming more common. And although there are still a plethora of issues that surround racial identity and race overall (which will probably remain for a very long time), it's great to see that people's perspective on mixed children are becoming more positive and open.