Some of us may have read the biggest news to hit Facebook last Fall, but for those of you who are behind in your Facebook stalking or have simply forgot, I am refering to the story about a ‘white’ brother and a ‘black’ brother both born to the same parents in England. The story essentially dramatizes the appearances of the two boys by completely eliminating their racial mixture. Each one is simply black or white, both of which ignore the complexities of race mixture. Especially, the young man who is labeled ‘white.’ His skin is fair, yet his facial features signal African heritage. The issue with the hyper-excitement behind this story, is that it is creating a false image about race mixture: alleging that it is rare for people to come out in different shades within one family. This ideal is false, considering that within African-American communities, another place where race mixture is frequently ignored, people are at both ends of the color scale. Thus, one can imagine why it is so frustrating to see so many people reposting and liking an article as if it is an anomoly or as if it is some exotic find to shallowly repost on facebook. I think as a young generation, we need not to further colonize ourselves by exoticizing race mixture, but instead appreactiate the differences that everyone brings forth and celebrate them, not essentialize them. Ask yourself, what is the big deal? Why do we place such a large emphasis on categories and the concepts of color that plague discussions of race?
Link to the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/sep/24/twins-black-white