Great Evening World Wide Web! Today is a wonderful day. We are closer to perfection today than we were yesterday. On this very first Sunday in 2013 I want to blog about a subject that I think most people who are of multiple races, ethnicities & cultures have heard. I wouldn’t say it’s right or wrong. I think personally that it is all about the “user” and how comfortable they feel in creating their own personal identity. I’m sure there are many feelings on how this subject should be approached. I think all identity is personal even if you identify with a singular box. I realize that it really doesn’t begin to touch the issues that so many of the people who are “mixed” heritiage or couples in interracial or intercultural relationships have to deal with, but again these are a personal choice. We’ve all heard these terms or similar ones: blaxican, blasian, blatino, blacknamese, blacklaos, blackapino, Caurean, Casian, ChexMex, Chigro, Filitina, Japorican, Mexipino, and the list goes on and on. The attempt to find a box for a child of direct “mixed” heritage, where a new name is created. Could you imagine a census with soooo many choices? I think the boxes would be the entire questionnaire. I’m not trying in any way to make light of the subject, but I am trying to make a point. Maybe there will never be a way to identify all the beautiful uniqueness that humanity has created. I do think however that the simple box OTHER will began to let that light shine. I know that OTHER is one box, but it’s the hippest, most inclusive, colorful box in the list. Atleast that’s what I tell my two beautiful kids. They have friends and loved ones who identify with just one and have pride in one. My 5 year old has even began to be pitched into why she is just “one” race based on her melanin content. (That’s another blog) It simply means that you have the priviledge to explain instead of just robotically checking a box. It’s kinking the “norm” to the curb, and redifining the integrations of LOVE and the beginning of understanding what is unique. OTHER! WE CHEK OTHER. If you hadn’t become fully aqauinted with the idea of wecheckother.com, I really hope this begins to explain why this blog is here. I’m excited to hear from you and look forward to learning together. Let me know what you think. How should “mixed” race, culture and ethnicities identify themselves? Until til the next.