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How many census race boxes did you check?

Today I learned two things about President Obama.

Breaking news clued me into the fact that the President is currently in Los Angeles (where I live), to assist in a fundraising dinner for Barbara Boxer. With tickets for couples costing upwards of $35,000 to attend this fancy dinner, I can’t help but think—you know if he could just stay in town for like a week and have lots of these fancy meals with rich people, California could fix this budget mess we’re in! HA! But since that isn’t gonna happen, let’s talk about what else was brought to my attention today.

With the pricey promotional campaign currently in progress, no school age American can honestly say they haven’t heard about the 2010 Census The once every ten year census report findings provide critical data to many programs, organizations, and more. Look up at a billboard near you and you get the idea that it’s a big deal. One of the few simple questions regards race.

In the 2000 census 784,764 U.S. of the populace described their race as white and black.  (Just black and white alone, I don’t even have the stats on the other combinations!) The 2000 census was the first time an allowance was provided for more than one racial marking.

That year roughly 7 million people, or 2.4 percent of the U.S. population, chose that option.

We are a melting pot of racial heritages, many within our own personal lineage. I agree with statements that people are allowed to identify how they choose to represent themselves, but I also live by this logic: (source Washington examiner article)

“The logic is simple for Ryan Graham, the brown-skinned son of a white-black marriage who defines himself as multiracial.

“Say you’re wearing a black-and-white shirt. Somebody asks, ‘What color is your shirt?’ It’s black and white. There you go. People ask me, ‘What race are you?’ I say I’m black and white. It’s that simple,” said Graham, a 25-year-old sales consultant from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.”

Others don’t see it that way because of personal life experiences.

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who do you think you are??

Long before the new NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are, debuted a couple weeks ago, I was already interested in my ancestry. Every Thanksgiving, heck every time I bought a can of sweet corn, I jokingly referred to my Native American background. Both sides of my parents have stated we have a lineage that includes the Cherokee tribe—but that’s about as much as they know. The corn thing is from the movie Pocahontas, because that’s pretty much all I know.

There has always been a lack of knowledge or desire for knowledge; and nothing has ever been provided or easily accessible to me. I’ve planned to actively trace those before me, but until I put more action then setting up a username and password on ancestry.com, I’ve committed to at least learn some simple basics about this ethnic group.

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He was surprised that he liked me??

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m single. I’m doing my best to mingle! Presently I’m venturing the online dating route with feeble success rate. A handful of men caught my attention. I bring this up today because A. it’s national couple day today and I am in pursuit of coupledom, and B. these recent gentlemen instant message/emailers are not members of my race—therefore if we are to date, we would be an interracial or biracial couple. (Me black, him white)

Everything has been going along well with one particular online man-whom we’ll refer to as Ray (not really his name). I date a lot outside of my race (white, Latino, recently Asian, but my own black as well) because I date by personality not by ethnicity, and I was encouraged by the fact that this man who initiated contact with me had revealed a prior relationship with an Asian woman. So he’s open right?

Perhaps I was naive in my assumption with his comfort level regarding interracial dating. (But let me remind you—he started flirting with ME!! Not the other way around)

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When is it okay to joke?

In language it’s become sort of common place for people to use serious mental illness terms as adjectives in discussions. However you feel about that, I’m sure you’ve heard it.

Someone refers to a well organized person, as being so OCD. Or joking that a busy multitasker has gone all ADD or something. The term bipolar, has been used so out of its original context as related to a mental diagnose, more or less its good for a laugh to describe a situation.

When is it okay? Is it okay for the sufferer themselves to be lighthearted? Its something they didn’t bring about from their own accord, so is it okay to embrace it for what it is?

On this website we are all about representation for what you are. If you’re biracial-holla! Comfortable bisexual—be proud and open. But are some topics worthy of a limit? Let’s discuss! Theses bipolar people are having some fun with their disorder, and maintaining the position that even though they have this illness— they aren’t the illness.

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She wonders why Obama married a black woman

Yesterday I came across a comment on an interracial message board that caught my attention.

Obama is not black so why did he marry a black woman? He is biracial and should have married a biracial woman. I refuse to ever marry a man who is not biracial. I am not dating any blacks or whites.
(keep reading, click here)

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