I am biracial, so uniqueness resonated inside me…
Well, spring is here. Sort of. Saturday was stunningly spring-like, but in my neck of the woods, we have already had a few days that felt seriously like the dog days of summer intermingled with the return of chilly days!
Sadly, the trees are confused; so all the prettiness of spring — trees dressed up lusciously in pink or white, showered in sunshine — that I love is already fading. Ugh!
Anyhoo, last Friday at my dentist’s office, I was glancing through an old issue of Self magazine from some years back when I stumbled upon the quote above in an interview article on a young, Japanese-African American singer. And it got me musing over what really makes a person unique.
So, of course, I got questions:
Can being biracial, in and of it self, be the primary source of what makes a person unique?
And what is the substance of uniqueness that is fundamentally based on being biracial?
Further, from where I sit, the future of skin colour in the USA looks very caramel; so what happens when everyone is caramel-coloured? Will those with the “biracial uniqueness card” have their uniqueness confiscated?
And if there is at least ONE person on the planet who is unique, but who isn’t also biracial, isn’t the statement above nonsensical.
There are millions of us out here who are not biracial and for whom uniqueness IS certainly an indelible part of our DNA.
Now, I know that all this may seem a little nit picky and I know that the authoress of the above quote was probably making a harmless, casual (if thoughtless) comment, but really, in this day and age in the USA, being biracial is NOT a source of uniqueness.
Here’s the thing…
There’s more to what sources our individual uniqueness than the random hookup of two people from different races! Fact is, there are millions of us out here who are not biracial and for whom uniqueness IS certainly an indelible part of our DNA.
So to authoress of the above quote: Honey, you may very well be unique, but it ain’t because you are “biracial, so uniqueness resonated within you.”
Call to action: Think about it. What do you think really makes us unique? Share in the comments below.