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Supporting Multiracial Students

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Zaneta Rago

on 30 March 2015

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We have to make sure we:
Allow for Self-Identification
Recognize Internalized Racism
Support Authentic Dialogue
Know Our Resources

Multiracial People in a Monoracial World
Presented by Zaneta Rago
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Support Authentic Racial Dialogue
Recognize Internalized Racism
1. The process by which a person of color accepts the definition of themselves that the white supremacy system has created; the acceptance by persons of color of Euro centric values.
Historical Context of Racial Categories
1790 : First Census included 5 Race/"Color"-Based Questions
Number of free White males aged under 16 years
Number of free White males aged 16 years and upward
Number of free White females
Number of other free persons
Number of slaves

1830 : "M-Mulatto" & "B-Black" were added as "Color" Options for those listed as slaves and/or free persons
Note: Many bi/multi-racial folks find the term Mulatto highly derogatory as it derives from the Spanish word for mule (sterile offspring of a horse and a donkey)

1870 : "Color" question expanded to include "C-Chinese" for all East Asians and "I" for American Indians
1890 : The term "Race" was added to the census
"White," "Black," "Mulatto," "Quadroon," "Octoroon," "Chinese," "Japanese," or "Indian.

1920 : Asian Categories Expanded to include Hindu (South Asian/Indian), Korean, and Filipino
1930 : "One-Drop" Categorization for Mixed-Race
All those with mixed ancestry were no longer considered legally "White." Those who were identified as Quadroon or Octoroon began experiencing drastically limited social mobility

8. Is the person of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
No, not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
Yes, Mexican, Mexican Am., Chicano
Yes, Puerto Rican
Yes, Cuban
Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin — Print origin, for example, Argentinean, Colombian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard, and so on.

9. What is the person's race?
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native — Print name of enrolled or principal tribe.
Asian Indian
Other Asian — Print race, for example, Hmong, Laotian, Thai, Pakistani, Cambodian, and so on.
Native Hawaiian
Guamanian or Chamorro
Other Pacific Islander — Print race, for example, Fijian, Tongan, and so on.
Some other race — Print race.
2010 Census
2000 : Categories expanded, and for the first time ever, participants were allowed to select more than one category
1970 : Questions around Latin@/Spanish decent were added in addition to questions about languages spoken
What are the Implications of Government-Affirmed Racial Classifications?
-Inability to separate race/ethnicity
-We often assume monoracial identity based on appearances
-Appearances/perceptions are often tied in with stereotyping which delay authentic relationship building/community formation
-Microaggressions perpetuate White supremacy
Markers of success = Whiteness
Moving Past Perceptions
Charmaine Wijeyesinghe , 2012
Contemporary Approaches
Multiracial Identity Development
Limitations of "Person of Color"
- Do multiracial white-passing folks identify as persons of color?
- How do we support those students struggling with broader, general identities?
- What issues are we including?
- Who is in the space?
- How are folks politicized?

"I'm basically White"

"That's so ghetto"
"I'm not a typical _______ person"
Colorism within ethnicity
Horizontal Racism
Perpetuated by constant spoken/unspoken idea that whiteness is the most desirable

Build Spaces that encourage risk-taking!
For SA practitioners
Challenge/Support Tip: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?
Check ONE Box

What is the kind of programming, space and support you see/want to see?
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