Single race privilege is not understanding I am not a single race.

Single race privilege is trying to make me pick one of those races and not understanding why that is difficult.

Single race privilege is trying to explain that picking one race over the other is like asking you to pick a favorite child or parent and you thinking it’s not the same thing.

Single race privilege is thinking I prefer one race over the other.

Single race privilege is thinking white/black biracial people go around calling each other Oreo as a cute pet name.

Single race privilege is thinking bi/multi-racial people have a secret handshake or wink or nod or that we all know each other or worse: have the same experiences. 

Single race privilege is thinking “mixed-race babies are the most beautiful” kids ever and not understanding how toxic that is.

Single race privilege is thinking bi/multi-racial people want to marry and have babies with each other because we are trying to further a mixed-race society. A take over if you will. 

Single race privilege is thinking we go around flaunting our physical appearance to make others feel bad.

Sing race privilege is thinking it must be so cool to have parents of different races, that our home life must be like being an exchange student. We think our parents are as uncool and unhip as you think yours are. To us, they are simply Mom and Dad.

Single race privilege is thinking those of us with one white parent who are VERY fair go around not aware we benefit from white privilege. Just because we can does not mean we try or want to or don’t call it out.

Single race privilege is thinking it’s okay to bring us into your minority fold for “numbers” or to help “the cause” while in the same breath telling us we don’t understand the struggle and wonder how we came to stand beside you. 

Single race privilege is thinking those of us with one black parent will always classify and identify ourselves as black and if we don’t our invite to the bbq is snatched back faster than edges.

Single race privilege is going around using terms like biracial or multiracial or “color-blind” and thinking you have cornered the market on inclusion and tolerance but secretly you are dying to ask questions and don’t want to come off as racist or ignorant. 

Single race privilege is thinking we think we’re better than everyone because we are mixed race.

Single race privilege is assuming us fair-skinned, light-eyed biracial people think we’re “so cute”.

Single race privilege is treating us like we’re a plaything or doll.

Single race privilege is assuming you know how we think, feel, and live our lives.

Single race privilege is telling us who we are.

(Perhaps we need more listening and understanding and less telling others who and what to be and how to live.)

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