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billie is a disabled writer, activist and filmmaker. years of chronic illness and a rare tumor condition have given hir an amazing sense of groundedness, connection and self-advocacy that fuel hir passion to share truth, in all its pain and glory.

Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage:


I HAVE THE RIGHT…

  • Not to justify my existence in this world.
  • Not to keep the races separate within me.
  • Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.
  • Not to be responsible for people’s discomfort with my physical or ethnic ambiguity.


I HAVE THE RIGHT…

  • To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify.
  • To identify myself differently than how my parents identify me.
  • To identify myself differently than my brothers and sisters.
  • To identify myself differently in different situations.


I HAVE THE RIGHT…

  • To create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial or multi-ethnic.
  • To change my identity over my lifetime—and more than once.
  • To have loyalties and identification with more than one group of people.
  • To freely choose whom I befriend and love.


© Maria P. P. Root, PhD

http://www.literanista.net/2009/10/bill-of-rights-for-people-of-mixed.html

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