Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage

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 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 © Maria P. P. Root, PhD, 1993, 1994 (also see "A Transracially-Adopted Child's Bill of Rights")


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