The Mixed Bag // Issue #09
February is Black History Month in the United States, and it got us thinking about the various spaces that people have access to. In particular, those who are mixed race.
How do months like these – such as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, American Indian Heritage Month, and Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, to name a few, have an impact on those who may not feel like they fit into one space or group? How can multiracial people claim a piece of their histories and stories when it can sometimes feel unclear where they belong? How do those who do feel like they do fit into this space learn more about their heritage beyond what’s generally discussed during these months? How can we continue learning about topics that arise from these months (and talking about them) instead of limiting it to just the days in a single month?
These are a few of the questions we think about, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on these topics. Share with us by commenting below or by reaching out on social media.
A take on Black History Month in Britain from someone who is mixed-race.
POWER OF READING
Discovering new perspectives through historical fiction. Reading, representation, and multiple angles of stories can have an impact on young readers.
There are differing views on whether or not there should be Black History Month at all. In this article, the purpose of this month is to celebrate culture. Dia Darling shares, “People have a biological desire to feel connected, and these events and organizations give them that.”
Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt, an insightful and compelling read about one woman’s search for belonging, using anatomy as her guide through reflections on race.
This month, Rachel Cargle is providing daily prompts for her Black History Month Series. She provides a person or event for people to Google so they can teach themselves about individuals and topics that may be unknown to them.
What books have helped you view history differently?
Originally published in the Issue #09: February 14, 2020, newsletter, The Mixed Bag. Sign up to receive weekly newsletters and updates.