Bill of Rights

“The Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People”
by Dr. Maria P.P. Root

I have the right:

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

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 different in different situations

I have the right:

  • to create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial
  • to change my identity over my lifetime – and more than once
  • to have loyalties and identify with more than one group of people
  • to freely choose whom I befriend and love
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