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The RACE of Trees! Fall Inspiration: Defining RACE!

Good Sunday Afternoon!  Today is an OTHER day!   Today we are closer to perfection than we were yesterday.   Today I’m sitting outside looking at Carolina Blue skies, and trees, that are green, yellow, red; all hues and everything in between.  How majestic.  It’s amazing how just sitting outside on a beautiful day, and all the colors are just so uplifting. With keeping with all that wecheckother will represent, today  I want to talk about race.  I feel that many people don’t understand why some people’s approach to race has been so counterproductive.  To begin RACE is a BIOLOGICAL term.  Race actually does not exist .  There are only species.   All the beauty in the US and the trees changing color is a gift.  One from nature that looks beyond the barriers of color and realizes that in chorus color is life changing.   We are still talking about the species of TREES!  There are so many different types of tree, but in the season of fall here in the US, they all turn hundreds of different colors.  This is an adaptation to this environment perhaps.  In the winter, here in America, almost all trees lose all of their leaves.  Maybe this gift was given to the U.S., because the DIVINE creator of all things knew that the people here would need to understand it most.  To be of nature and in nature are two different things as well.  I heard someone once say species stick with their kind.  Well KIND is a species not a RACE.  We are the HUMAN KIND: A species! In nature, two trees of the same species can turn two different colors.  It doesn’t change the tree’s kind at all.   Plant nurseries know this and combine roots of different colored plants to manipulate colors and create beautiful bouquets.   Extremist believe it or not have battled with the very notion over the decades of skin color equalling  a different species.  It’s like saying if two trees of the same species start out green in the summer and turn two different colors in the fall, then they are no longer of the same species.  That is false.   RACE is in Biology, a population of species differing geographically or genetically from other populations of THE SAME SPECIES.   Science KNOWS that race is not applicable to people because the division of humans into discrete types does not represent the true nature of the human biological variation.  Race has become nothing more than an important social class.  European scholars began their systematic study of worldwide human variation in the 18th century.  It ultimately created a hierarchy of the human kind into “better types” of humans.   The most notable that I found was that of German physician Johann Blumenbach (1752-1840)  Blumenbach concluded that all “light-skinned” people in Europe and adjacent pasts of western Asia and northern Africa belonged to the same race.  With this, he dropped the “European” race label and replaced it with “caucasian”  Ok.  So I am going to STOP here.  For the first time in my life even I noted that ASIAN is incorporated into this word.  Here is what Wikipedia gave me when I dug deeper.

The term Caucasian race (also CaucasoidEuropid, or Europoid)[1] has been used to denote the general physical type of some or all of the populations of EuropeNorth Africa, the Horn of AfricaWestern Asia,parts of Central Asia and South Asia.[2] Historically, the term has been used to describe many peoples from these regions, without regard necessarily to skin tone.[3]

That’s 3 continents that science supporting race says are the origins.  If race were true, then  White, Black, and Asian would be  the geographic origin of all the ethnicities we know today.   I have to resist my urge to want to teach, but honestly I have to allow my flesh to stand down for better understanding.  The only thing that you can stand on and ever be understood is the facts.  You give the knowledge and allow everyone to come to their own conclusions.

Although he continued to distinguish American Indians as a separate race, he regrouped dark-skinned Africans as “Ethiopian” and split those Asians not considered CAUC-ASIAN into two separate races: Mongolian (referring to most inhabitants of Asia, including China and Japan) and “Malay” (indigenous Australians, Pacific Islanders and OTHERS)  Yes OTHER existed in the beginning.  It more over supports that racial purity is rare, yet the movement forged forward to breed racial separation and hatred and we’ve come to know and understand today.

This physician was convinced that Caucasians were closest to the ideal original humans supposedly created in GOD’s image.  In vanity be basically noted the symmetry of the skulls, and the “pretty features.”   He then ranked them as the supreme human being.  He noted that all other races were the result of degeneration, by moving away from their place of origin and adapting to different environments and climates had degenerated them both physically and morally.    In other words, this scholar was saying that different race is only the result of adaptation to different environments.  It’s hard to believe that this study and countless others of this kind saturated Europe and were brought to a brand new America to found the nation.  How can you fix a house where the foundation was built improperly?  A painter built the hundred story building, when THE ARCHITECT & ENGINEER were  needed.  To compound this, there were test created that supported this theory that were completely bias, and honestly apart of a school system that failed so many.  This is RACE, and how it was born.  How it came to be.  Why classification into a box is so important.  It’s really to see where and how you fit into the social hierarchy.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until the next.  Let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you or just any exciting ideas or brainstorms you’d like to share about celebrating the people who have moved beyond these barriers to find and define the universal LOVE.

 

XOXOXO,

Others’Mother

 

 

Information from:

-Lwwontin, R.C. (1972) The appointment of human Diversity

-T. Dobzhansky et al. (eds) Evolutionary biology New York

-Shreeve, J. (1994) Terms of Estrangement

Race, Ethnicity & Our Census

Good Afternoon World Wide Web!  Today is an OTHER day!  We are closer to perfection today, than we were yesterday. WE CHECK OTHER is here to bring attention to mixed race children coming out of outdated boxes, to educate you when possible, and eventually lead up to a real discussion about race and cultural relations in the US and around the world.  I want to begin by acknowledging that I realize this idea has many facets.  There are social class items and minority relationships that have to be considered.    I have to admit that among some of even the same people who check the singular box that I check seem to think that I am betraying the “black” race with my project.  That I am not proud of my “African” heritage.  I think most of our subcultures are guilty of extremism.  I’ve seen it in every culture that I’ve had the opportunity to be exposed to.  We don’t have race problems; we have people problems.  Stereotypes and bias are road blocks.  Can we truly move forward as a nation focusing on the past?  I’m reminded of a couple that makes it 60 or 70 years together.  By this time they’ve either grown bitter or they’ve learned to take the present as the most valuable asset that they own.  We are in the present everyday.  There’s no one who can go back and change our past.  If there is, I want to meet them, only to marvel at them, but not to change a single solitary thing.  Most of us know our tests make us who we become and our resilience exemplifies our talents.  An opposite side mentality of standing your ground will not work.   The notion of standing on your side of the line and daring someone to cross it and refusing to never cross yourself.   This mentality will lay into the other side (racially) all of what you think about them, and attempt to change their mindset by forcefully displaying your own.  If you’ve ever been the only person of your racial classification in the room with a group of people of another who unsuccessfully try to relate but fail you know what I mean.  The bias, things that they like and don’t like about your race can sometimes come out in a failed attempt to relate to you.  There isn’t one race or culture that is guilty of this.   Racism is a problem in all colors of the rainbow because of the many years of forced separation, and frankly ignorance about the other side.  It’s the person who calls all Latinos Mexican, or all Asians Chinese.   A person who has never had someone at the dinner table who doesn’t a least resemble them has an extremely long way to go before grasping this concept or any other.  That problem doesn’t have a race tag on it.  Those people are only left to draw a conclusion from what main stream media gives them.       I want to share with you two articles in the NY Times that I thought you might find interesting.

NY Times Talking!!

NY Times Build Your Own Family Tree

In the late 1800’s the census included spaces for  1/4th black and 1/8th black.  There was even at points a  place for people to check mulatto with any percentile of black. The most common choices in that time were White, Black, Chinese, (the category to include all Asians) and American Indian.  That’s it.  Of course these marks were all in a turbulent time of America, where the grounds to stand on weren’t very equal.  We haven’t moved much further except for OTHER.  I would say it’s an acknowledgement that we realize that there are mixes that are going beyond our boxes but we don’t know how to describe them.  Even the boxes from the early 1800s acknowledge mixing with some of their choices, but again it was dismissed.  The “which one” are you tendency has become apart of the American culture that is deeply embed.

Someone might choose to ask me, why did you choose the name “We Check Other?” Aren’t you talking about your children?  I would reply yes,  I am talking about my children and the children of millions of other Americans and people around the world.   I’m not looking for a platform to just marvel over the “cuteness” of mixed children.  Although that is a perk, I really want to lay a true dialogue on the table.  America as we know it has changed and the more I research and look around, I see people from all walks of life trying to facilitate the conversation and brainstorm on how to move forward.  This yellow brick road will lead to DNA testing I feel.  Maybe then we can resolve some of the medical issues that puzzle us all.    Right now I CHECK OTHER for my children.  To me, the demographics themselves can’t seem to figure out the difference between race, culture, and ethnicity.  People are checking Ethnicity for race.  An Ethnicity is a group of people who collectively identify themselves as a distinct group based on various CULTURAL features such as SHARED LANGUAGE, CUSTOMS, & TRADITIONAL BELIEFS.  This has no mention of color.   I never realized this myself until I married a man who is ethnically Latino. I noticed that everyone knew the color spectrum but collectively they share pride in their ETHNIC heritage, just as American’s do.  The problem is that RACISM within their ethnicity still exists as it does in several cultures around the world.  Most commonly we equate a race to skin color, with hair texture running in a close 2nd.  Melanin is responsible for our skin tones.  Melanin ( Greek work Melas meaning BLACK) is the chemical responsible for dark pigmentation that helps protect against damage from ultraviolet radiation.  Melanin production is increased when exposed to the sun causing the skin color to deepen.  For this very reason people of darker skin are less likely to get sunburn or skin cancer than those with less melanin.  Who would have ever thought that divine creation would have created the skin to protect itself.  Popular culture makes it as though this is a curse.  I’ve always thought that the answer to some of our most puzzling medical questions are somewhere in the middle of all of us.  The place where we meet and cross.  That’s another blog post!    I’ve checked the box for BLACK my entire life and I gave birth to two children that are on 2 totally different sides of the color spectrum.  Their hair textures are even different.  There are so many really smart people scientific facts that go into explaining how and why this happens.  Unfortunately, if I go into learning and explaining the specifics I will have to charge tuition.  I’ll leave you there.  Until the next!

XOXOXO,

OthersMother

 

Back to Business! Our President Checks Other!

 

 

Map of Interracial Law Prohibition in the US.

Good Morning World Wide Web.  Today is a beautiful day.  We are closer to perfection today than we were yesterday.  Today we are getting back to business.  Meeting the need for our fellow human beings.  We meet that need by attempting to resolve the issues that could potentially make the world a better place for us all.  The vehicle has to be driven by passion.  That of diversity, education, and equality is what I carry in my soul.  Let’s take a drive! We check other is birthed from my passion as a mother of biracial children, from different cultural backgrounds, to draw attention to a reality that decided the Presidential Race.  Diversity.  Our nation is diversifying.  Yet the ideals of the past are still haunting us.  Interracial Marriage was prohibited by law until the 1970’s in most of the states in the U.S.A,    particularly the southern states that were represented in the confederacy.  Take a look at the election map and compare to the map above.

 

The voting trends can even be predicted from an old map of America based on the demographics.  It was right on point.  It almost looks like the maps are describing the same subjects.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other or some other time.  We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek” ~Barack Obama 44th President of the United States.

We are one day post Election Day in America.  Barack Obama was re-elected as the president of the United States.  This of course will make some inside and outside of this country both happy and sad.   A year of campaigning and countless ads by both parties to illustrate their stand on the issues that they felt most passionate about.  What we saw was a wounded America.  One that has not healed from past racial tensions, and an attachment to founding ideals of a superior race.  One that would like to have segregation and the financial élite remain the sole heirs to the thrones of victory.  There is healing to do on both sides.  Wouldn’t it take a man who can meet you in the middle to get there?  Well America spoke up last night and said “YES WE CAN.”   Barack Obama is bi-racial.  No matter how you look at it, whether you call him black, or see him as black, he still loves a mother that the United States considers a white woman.  He love grandparents that the United States consider white.  I’ve heard some accuse him of racial hatred, but how could it be so?  He loved and was nurtured by someone who looks different from him.  He can’t be accepted by their race, because of barriers.  For a Harvard educated man, I would conclude that it would make him want to learn more about the barriers and attempt to mend them.  His loved ones are on the other side.  He has a black America, that of course has accepted him with open arms.  In somewhat of a vain society he looks like the census.    I am a student of my studies!  I am always learning.  I am not perfect, but everyday I am getting closer.  We all are.  We check other is looking through my children’s eyes at the world around them.  Eyes that a child like President Barack Obama saw through.   My children love meatloaf and carne asada.  Why should our world continue to go in a direction that is not forward?  I understand the principles of the founders of America as do many of its citizens.   Checking Other opens a door, to explain that we have met at the barriers of our differences and found love.  We continue to create with the hope that it can make a difference in our world and the ones around us.  People have to deal first with what they can actually see.  What we see and have to admit, is that according to where you live, you see people who look different coming together and sharing their lives together.  One day, my vision for wecheckother.com is a community.  A community for everything from sharing recipes from diverse backgrounds to having diverse meet and greets.  Thank you for tuning in.  Please let me know of any feedback or great new ideas you have.  I’d love to hear from you.

XOXOXO,

OthersMother

 

Race Deciding the VOTE; Election Day in America

Good Morning World Wide Web!  It’s always a beautiful day.  Today we are one step closer to perfection than we were yesterday.  If you’re not a mainstream media follower or outside of the U.S.A. then you may not know today is Election Day.  There are elections here every 2 and 4 years.  The election of the 4th year increment is where the president of the United States is selected.  There are two contenders; Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney and democratic candidate President Barack Obama.  As I turn to every channel, I hear a dialogue.  One that doesn’t particularly focus on the candidate, or the issues.  I haven’t even heard much about the voters.  I’ve really only heard about the color of the voters and who will likely vote for who.  “President Obama will likely gain the black and latino vote!” I heard someone say.  “In the key state of Ohio Governor Mitt Romney will likely gain the white vote, although the vote is divided” I heard another say.  If that doesn’t SCREAM WE ARE A NATION OF RACIAL DIVIDE then I don’t really know what else can.  Imagine the very color of someone’s skin being the deciding factor as to whether they can maintain a seat in the highest office in the land.  A politically correct way to play up or down racism I assume.  It completely dodges one of the most sensitive issues of the American existence.  Well I never once heard, what about the black and white home?  What about the black and white child?  What about the asian and white or asian and black child?  Of course that of a double minority background would choose a bi-racial president.  Although I have never even once heard him referred to as a bi-racial president.  He is the “black” president according to main stream media.  It completely trumphs the fact that a white woman and a black man came together and made a child, no matter where the father is from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Republican Candidate                                                                                              Democratic Candidate

Governor Mitt Romney                                                                                           President of the United States

Barack Obama

 

 

Honestly I don’t see the colors black or white on the skin of either candidate.  I actually see something completely different.  I see the candidate on the left Governor Mitt Romney who is classified as “white” american here in the U.S. as a beige.  He proudly proclaims that he was born in Mexico.  I was watching Univision 2 days ago and found a complete Romney family in Mexico who is waiting in anticipation to meet their distance cousin.  They proudly showed the cameras a wall of a long line of people with the last name Romney there in Mexico!!!

Catching Up with Romney’s Mexican Cousin, Previously Aired on Univision

That’s a super interesting video.  At least I found it to be.  Could it be?  Could it be that the one drop rule is ruled out on one side and not on the other, as long as the skin tone remains fair?  That’s another blog post.  I promise that it’s coming!  Stay tuned!

Back to politics, Of course, president Obama is of a European American Mother, and an African born father.  In America thus far we don’t call that multi-racial.  I feel that the problem is that there are millions of Obama’s that have been born in America, but most people just call them “light skinned” or “red bone” in the black community.  In some cases it becomes where lighter skin has been favored over that of dark skin.  This is yet again another blog post.  I promise it will come also.  Please stay tuned!

So fundamentally today who we are voting for, if race is based on what the eyes can see, are two men, who’s color seem to be in the same color spectrum.  It’s like deciding to paint your home and you tweak your color by a percentage to make that color that resonates in your soul.  Of course the ability for melanin to be affected can play a role on the color according to what season you’re in, but it takes you right back to the same truth; I still don’t see the color white or black.  I see two totally different colors, that are almost in the same family.  Hair colors are both black, and neither have blue eyes.   I see both candidates have a nose that’s not so small, and both have very small lips.  Hair texture; well that is where we’ll change the man.  Governor Romney has straight dark black hair with grey highlights.  I have also see this on Indian, Asian, Mexican men as well.  The hair is almost identical.  On the other hand President Obama has hair that appears to be courser.  If he could be in the white house and grow his hair out to any length beside low then his natural curls would probably display themselves.  Indeed this is another blog post.  Not all mixed children have the hair texture that would automatically distinguish them.  In this case he does.

I just took you on a journey of complete generalization, with a few facts.  That’s how we do it here in the USA.  We look at you, size you up, and which ever one you “LOOK” the most like we’ll just place you into that box.  Unfortunately, children are being born in multiracial families that are challenging this choice system for us all.  What to do about it.  Will a child from a black father and a white mother, who is born with mostly white features then become white and be able to cross racial barriers because they are white now?    Has this happened already for decades?  Yet again another post.  My goal is to raise awareness for the children being born within the group first.  Then the rest can come.  Today is an important day in America, as the commander and chief will be selected in the United States.  Unfortunately, in the current climate the choice will be made with racial bias, ignorance and hatred being factored into the vote for some in both parties.  Will more people who want to or are willing to make a difference step forward?  I would love to hear from you.  Your ideas, feedback and comments for a SOLUTION are welcome.

Thank you for tuning in.  Until the next!  MAKE sure you go and VOTE!!!!!

XOXOXO,

Others’Mother