‘I’m Bi-Racial … Not Black Damn It!’ (Video)

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There is a new documentary that has surfaced and it’s called “I’m Bi-Racial…Not Black Damn It!”

It is produced and directed by  Carolyn Battle Cochrane who is exploring the world of all those living with two or more ethnicities inside their immediate family.  It can be cruel, tough, back breaking work for those that are of other cultures coming up in a predominantly black neighborhood, much less anyplace else on Earth.

But with our plethora of identity issues in the black community, it is just like Frank Sinatra said, “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”  Being “light skinned”, bi-racial, or anything that brings attention to yourself in the black community will get you started on your “rite of passage.” I haven’t walked a mile in the director’s shoes, but I kinda think she should’ve thought about that title just a little more.  It screams, “I don’t like the black in me.”  Which leads us back to our innate prejudice that is sometimes projected on to those we encounter, whether black or white and we sometimes make our own problems.

But hey, she even agrees that there needs to be NEW DIALOGUE on the matter.  Check it out!  It seems to be quite thought provoking and mind opening:

72 thoughts on “‘I’m Bi-Racial … Not Black Damn It!’ (Video)”

  1. Oh my goodness! Wow! Race is such a sensitive topic. Mixed people are affected in so many ways. They are affected by the ways other races treat them. They are affected because they may idenify themselves as black but don’t look, feel or get treated as black enough. They may feel rejected by both races. Some mixed people only look like only one race or neither race. Then there are others who look white were raised by only white relatives, identify as white and feel completely comfortable in their skin. I believe that mixed who are upset about Obama being called only black are people who are hurt because maybe they also wanted to be identified as black but people think they are white or something else. I understand now that skin color, treatment by other races, the people the are raised by and other life experieces play a role in how mixed people identify themselves. At first I thought it would be a good idea for mixed people to have thei own seperate race but now i disagree because then they woud have to have several more boxes to check and there are so many mixed people out there who may be black and white, indian and spanish or asian and whatever. Also not all biracial people identify themselves the same so doing this could be offensive to others.

  2. Listen: Like I’ve already said and Terry Akins alluded to, we ALL are bi-something.. I’m not trying to be insensitive, but damn this is getting annoying..

    What if my attitude towards racist white people (and no not all white people are racist..) was, “don’t hate me because my DNA make-up may be 50% European..?

  3. This is what I’m saying! If your skin is not completely black, as the color then you have something other than african in you! And as far as anyone not biracial or someone who is not claiming to be biracial, don’t speak on what we sho9uld be called because you don’t know what your talking about

  4. You can emphasize to a person what you prefer to be classified as (black, white, mixed, whatever) and they SHOULD respect it, but where do mixed people get off saying in one breath, it is up to the person what they want to be called and then sticking it to someone when they rather not be classified as mixed or biracial, but only black (like obama, halle berry, mariah cary, ne yo). Sounds hypocritical. I understand the premise of the movie when looking at people w/PARENTS of different races being allowed to call themselves what they want. I only say those with parents of different races because where will biracial end. The average black american has mixed lineage so if we do that there will be no black people or white for that matter since they are in the same racial mixture boat. The last time I checked Black people were not the only people who call biracial people black either. I grew up in a black community in the northeast (NJ) the biracial kids where I am from were always considered “mixed” thats just how it was. I think that is why I understand what mamatude said. Now when events or issues went down concerning black people the kids who were mixed with black were considered black because it did directly involve them, even if only half of them, you get me.

    Race as a whole is honestly just a state of mind anyway. Living in several different parts of the world the early part of my adult life, has led me to that conclusion. Race is not real, it is determined by the society you live in. Living abroad in southeast asia w/ a golden complexion, green eyes and light hair, people there considered me to be everything from what the call a “halfcaste”(the same thing as mixed), arab to samoan. Race is up to interpretation of the society and as we know the region you live in. My friend from Guyana who now lives in the south has had a couple people ask her why she talks like a jamaican when she is indian. That is a total disregard for her country and her culture but she understands alot of people outside of the northeast have not been exposed to coolies from the west indies. So no hard feelings unless after she schools the person they insist on still calling her accent a fake jamaican accent. There is no golden rule to being mixed you come in all shades and hair textures so how is anyone gonna know unless you tell them anyway, and my mother taught me something a long time ago, “anyone you meet who concerns themselves with what your racial make-up is when you first meet them ain’t worth you knowing anyway”…. Trust me something would be wrong if black people didn’t embrace people of black mixed race. People on here are almost acting like black people are calling a person who is 1/2 asian and 1/2 white, black. If you are half black why does it matter, why would you not want a part of you to claim you. I know mixed girls especially where I am from who would say they wish it wasn’t always, “That girl is not black she is mixed”. If and when black people don’t except black-mixed people as their people we are only hating something in ourselves, right….

  5. Maybe this is just me, but I normally don’t care what a person is. And honestly I don’t think this should be about the bi-racial people being called black or white or what have you. I think someone should do something about every person who has had this problem. I am a light skin black female and I have even had teachers tell me I was bi-racial, Americans always look at the skin, which in turn have all the other countries look at our skin and classify us. I have even had a friend (she had known me for 3 yrs at the time) finally ask me one day “what I was” and she was white. I have been the outcast with all backgrounds and yet no one makes a doc about that. The bigger issue is the fact that people; black, white, asian, middle eastern, etc can’t move pass the skin and that is something that is really going to hurt us in the end.

  6. The only person who had some sense was the little boy at the end, bottom line if someone doesn’t accept you, then eff them because someone always will. That’s how I made my friends who are every race, ethnicity, and background. I found people who classify me as my personality not my skin tone. Because I have been like I said classified as bi-racial which I’m not. My sister is always asked if she is from the middle east, people think my dad is “more than black” because he has dark skin but wavy jet black hair. They decided my mother was bi-racial because she has light skin, freckles, and what people consider a “good” grade of hair. My family has members who have blonde hair and blue eyes, sandy hair and hazel eyes, dark brown hair and hazel eyes, black hair with brown eyes, black hair with really dark brown eyes and everything in between. My family always told us that in this world no matter what we will be viewed as something different than what we are and the only way to solve it is to not do it to the next person we meet.

  7. For the authhor of this tripe-“I’m Bi-racial – Not Black, Dammit!” – AND the commentators: Your societally-conditioned ignorance is showing! There is NO MEANING to the word ‘bi-racial’ because there is ONLY ONE HUEMAN RACE! And every single member of the One Hueman Race is ‘of Black African descent!’
    So there, Boobies! Many colors – one ‘race’ – and, as the Institute for “Interracial” (also no meaning we’ve learned) Harmony, Inc.’s other Motto says; “Prejudice Is Learned – It Can Be Unlearned!”
    So, on THIS planet Earth, we’re all ONE – ALL descended – no matter WHAT color – from the originating Black African ancestors! Deal with it! Carol Taylor R.N. First Black U.S.A. Flight Attendant from http://www.caroltaylorword.blogspot.com [email protected]

  8. Oh please i really stoped careing what i was at age 8. I grew up amunng so many races that i just call them people i am fom 9 countries and dont really give a crap what i am or what any one else is we are all humans and that is all that matters. And i agree i not black or white i am mixed

  9. i am biracial/ black/white and i really don’t care for blacks or whites, most of my friends are asian

  10. I agree 100% with ISLAM MUHAMMAD. He took the words right out of my mouth 🙂 I am black Haitian and my boyfriend is white and we have a mix son. He can call himself mix if he wants but he will have respect for black people but if he had to choose i hope he picks black.

  11. Well, well, well: the one thing that ALL of the above commentators have in common as they use incorrect terminology as: “races” “bi-racial” “their race”- as though there’s more than one – is that each and every one of ’em should take the http://www.racismtest.org !!! Wow! Just SEE how badly miseducated folk are about others and themselves! ALL huemans are ‘of Black African ancestry,’ ALL huemans belong to the same ‘race’ – the hueman ONE!
    But the ‘divide and conquer’ society has bamboozled nearly everyone! It’s way past time for the education ‘authorities’ re are re-educated as to who THEY and their students are: all descended from the first-on-earth Black, Black, Black African huemans. ‘Nuff said; Carol Taylor, First Black U.S.A. Flight Attendant – [email protected]

  12. I think its so important for people to understand and identify their true selfves. It always seems very silly that people of African decent want to catorize most everyone as black. Not sure if its for polical gain (ie power in numbers) or if its self conciousness.

    It is indeed worthy of further study.

  13. Trinigirl4Real epitomizes the wrong thoughts of so many Caribbean folk: it’s not ‘people of African descent’ who describe all huemans – it’s the scientists who’ve discovered the truth about all of huemanity: ALL hueman beings, T, are ‘of Black African descent,’ whether or not you or anyone else would like this fact not to exist. So the inaccurate terms like ‘bi-racial,’ ‘interracial,’ ‘out of his/her race,’ ‘multi-racial,’etc.etc.etc. are merely muddying the rhetoric and confusing folk.
    We need a NATIONAL SUMMIT ON RACISM/COLORISM which can once and for all clear up that muddy thinking!
    Carol Taylor R.N. First Black USA Flight Attendant (Anti-racist/colorist Blog: http://www.caroltaylorword.blogspot.com – especially the ‘Semantics Chart.’

  14. Why is it a surprise to anyone that this lowsy president of ours would support the building of a structure of death. Obama has done absolutely nothing for this country except make it worse.He is just another BS’er politician

  15. None of you can understand the fact that biracial people that have black in them do no want to be called JUST black because we are not JUST black that’s why this movie was made.

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