#BiracialLooksLike Wants To Show You What Biracial People Look Like, So You Can Stop Asking, Thanks
If you have the great fortune of being biracial, multiracial, mixed or however it is you chose to signal to the world that your parents are different races, you also have the great misfortune of spending time identifying yourself in a way that makes other people feel comfortable. You also run up against standards of biracial and mulitracial beauty that represent just a sliver of what biracial people actually look like. All of this can be a frustrating and exhausting experience, especially when the general idea of a biracial person is a biscuit-colored, freckled, green-eyed beauty.
#BiracialLooksLike had a simple motive behind it: A place for anyone who self-identifies as biracial and is comfortable posting selfies, and a way to show everyone else that there is no one way for biracial to look. Also, perhaps, it could make the experience of being of mixed heritage not so isolating.
Scroll through the hashtag and you’ll see a happy combination of selfies and actual, real experiences that are honestly, quite specific to the biracial experience. As someone who chooses to identify as biracial because that’s what I am, and because it’s easier to say that then listen to a stranger tell me what they think I am, all of this resonates with me. Obviously, every human being looks different, but it’s nice to see bits of yourself reflected in other people who share your very specific heritage. That’s what#BiracialLooksLike does, and that’s why it’s so great.
The most frustrating thing about looking like something that others can’t quickly identify is that you constantly feel as if you’re struggling against the great weight of other peoples’ expectations. Think of how infuriating it would be to hear repeatedly over the course of your life, that your identity is not what someone expected it to be. Imagine being challenged on a truth as fundamental as knowing what your background is, by someone who can’t wrap their head around the fact that you could possibly have a black mother and be so light-skinned or that your father is actually your dad and not some random white guy you happen to be having dinner with. Showing the vast array of what multi-racial people actually look like neatly debunks the we-all-look-like-Olivia-Munn-and-Rashida-Jones stereotype. We contain multitudes, just like you.