Some white people think that if white parents teach their kids white supremacy, it's a form of child abuse. I think that when POC exclude or are unkind to mixed children in any way, it too is a form of child abuse.
Needless to say, we need to cut this ish out.
I grew up having to deal with racism and prejudices on both the Navajo and the black sides, and when I ran for Miss Navajo Nation, that especially brought out a lot of curiosity in people. It’s something that we’re still having to address as black Natives, still having to prove ourselves in some way or another, because at the end of the day, it all falls back to what people think a Native American should look like.
I interviewed two girls who were half African American, whose mothers were from Japan, who'd lived in Japan, who spoke Japanese beautifully...They had a deeper sense of the culture than most of the 'pure' Japanese candidates. And yet they didn't win, and they felt there was unquestionably discrimination against them. In the Los Angeles Cherry Blossom pageant, there's actually a no-tanning rule -- you have to stay out of the sun. And the reason they give is that dark skin doesn't look good with a kimono.
Crystal Kay, Japanese singer
of Black & Korean mix
They're OUR children
Children don't show up on your doorstep one day out of the blue. They're made. We make them. Every child on this planet came into being because someone at some point made a choice. And while you may disagree with someone else's choice, you cannot take your ire out on the child.
First of all, picking on a child is just low. When a bunch of kids form a pack against a single child that's already low, but when an adult goes after a baby, that's downright pathetic. When kids tell a kid, "You can't play", it's awful enough. But when grown-ups pull that ish, it's just plain sadistic.
They're our children. They're all our children. They're our future. They're our most valuable resource. We can't afford to leave any of them behind, and unity is the only way a species can survive.
POC should know better
...especially those of us living in the West. It is understandable to want to preserve your culture. In the case of Native Americans, it is perfectly understandable to resent the invasion of your lands. Indigenous peoples everywhere feel you on that. However, POC need to remember that their suffering isn't singular. Africans weren't the only ones enslaved or colonized. Native Americans weren't the only ones who had their lands seized and their people slaughtered. Asians weren't the only ones who experienced these horrors either. And POC have to be stay honest and admit to the harm we have done to ourselves and to fellow POC.
So we of all people should know the lasting devastation you inflict by harassing a even a fully grown adult about their color. A Latina I used to work with told me of the scorn and verbal abuse she endured at the hands of her white relatives and 'til today, even as an adult, she has recurring nightmares about her childhood ordeal.
That's what you're doing when you treat someone this way.
End the abuse
When you go after a child for being born mixed - which according to geneticists is usually the best type of child anyway - you're not only committing racism, but child abuse as well. You are dehumanizing and degrading a kid. To harm a child in any way is perhaps the utmost human sin. It's the absolute lowest a human can go. It's the reason why child molesters are universally reviled and often murdered in prison.
There's no excuse for it, not even ignorance. Humans are born with the instinct to protect children, regardless of their parentage. Those who deliberately ignore this instinct are basically ignoring their conscience, the defining trait of humanity.
People don't have to agree with racial mixing, but they do need to just go ahead and accept it. It's not going anywhere. It's simply increasing, as it should, and our descendants will accomplish great and wondrous things because of it. It is the natural order of things. To step in try to prevent it with segregation, holocausts, and all-out genocide is not the natural order things...in case anyone is getting any ideas.