It’s 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon in July and I’m filming a YouTube video for my new series on Being Biracial. I’ve never been a YouTuber, but for some reason I felt inspired to make films interviewing people about their experience being biracial.
On this Sunday afternoon in July I’m filming from inside my dad’s closet because I need a quiet place to do the interview. My sister’s on the other end of the Zoom call as I conduct the interview asking her about life as a mixed race girl in a mostly black middle school. To my surprise she is far more eloquent at 13 than I am at 26.
Thus far I’ve completed five interviews with various people. I plan to launch the series sometime in August. My subjects are:
- A middle school girl who has been in the minority and the majority in the two schools she’s attended.
- A mom of three who comes from a mixed race family and is now raising biracial kids
- A biracial State legislator who is black and Mexican
- A college resident life coordinator who is black and Korean
- A biracial actor, personal trainer, and nutritionist
- A biracial father raising two biracial kids
I’m excited about the project and more excited to share. The goal is to create a space for healthy conversation on being multiracial in a society where your skin color often dictates how you are perceived by others. My hope is that this project can be a resource for other biracial individuals who may be struggling with their racial identity and wondering if there are others like them.
More to come.