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bliss_eternal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-18-06 01:52 AM
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Just found an interesting site for mixed people...
Edited on Mon Sep-18-06 02:06 AM by bliss_eternal
The ladies that run this site travel and work to alleviate racial stereotyping (a worthy endeavor). I enjoyed this article on thier site about why civil rights organizations seem to ignore interracial couples, and why they should not.

Good stuff! :thumbsup:

Why Civil Rights Organizations Ignore Interracial Couples
By Carmen Van Kerckhove
August 2005

I was invited to speak at a conference on race relations earlier this year. During one of the breaks between sessions, I wandered out into the main hall to stretch my legs. One of the attendees approached me and struck up a conversation about the weather, the conference, the food at the convention centerjust your typical, run-of-the-mill, polite small talk.

My nametag identified me as one of the featured speakers at the conference, so he asked me on what topic I would be speaking. I told him that I was there to present a workshop on interracial relationships. As soon as the words came out of my mouth, his whole demeanor changed. He started leering and smirking, and then asked in a low, suggestive tone, Is this based on personal experience?

Actually my workshop was all about debunking myths and ripping apart stereotypes. But the minute he heard me say the word interracial, all he could think about was sex. The fact that I was there to talk about interracial relationships could only mean that I myself was sexually available and that Id be up for a miscegenational roll in the haywith him.

The point of my story is that peoples lurid fascination with interracial sex is a major impediment to meaningful discussions about interracial relationships. It also explains why the rights of interracial couples have never really been taken seriously as a civil rights issue. The sexual implications are so pervasive that interracial relationships are seen as instances of license or personal indulgence, rather than expressions of love and freedom.

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taken from:
http://www.newdemographic.com/2005/08/01/why-civil-righ... /

As part of their efforts to debunk myths and destroy racial stereotypes they have a podcast and a blog where they
comment on issues of race in the media! I hope some of the members of this area will check them out :)
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