Big thanks to Karen of Reel Artsy (http://www.reelartsy.com) for bringing this article to my attention! The things discussed in it are some of what I find to be the most fascinating aspects of the biracial experience. As an only child I’m left to imagine what it would have been like to have a biracial sibling. Would he/she have been darker or lighter than me? What would that have been like? I always imagine that no matter the phenotype we’d be really close, but that wasn’t always the case for these Jones girls. Their story reminds me of Danzy Senna’s Caucasia, what with the darker sister living with the black father after the divorce and the lighter sister going with the white mother. Bel-Air to Brentwood is not so drastic a distance though as Boston to Brazil. Anyway, I really enjoyed the interview. It’s so honest, painfully so at times, and I really appreciate that.
My daughters have learned an invaluable lesson from being multiracial: You can’t let an exterior force define you; you have to define yourself. Each did that, in her own way. I’m so proud of them for that.- Quincy Jones
beautiful story 🙂
Thanks for the article! That was a good read. Interesting how they influenced each others identity. I’m definitely a floater, that I’m sure.
I’m definitely lighter than you. 😉
shannon, i’ve always wondered why and i think it’s so unfair 😉
alan, i think i’m a floater too.
Floating is the word I’ve been looking for. I float everywhere but in water!!
Wow!!! All I can say is wow. I loved the article and it just goes to show that yes you can have the same parents and have two totally different lives. Love every moment of the article and it spoke to me in different ways, and I am a floater too!!:)
It’s one of the best articles I’ve read about the biracial experience among siblings.
This was such a nice article and saving it for my nieces and nephew (who are half Hispanic and half white) and my grand nieces (who are half black, part Hispanic and part white) will mean a lot to them because it is important for them to embrace all aspects of their ethnicity and appreciate the blessing of being multi-ethnic, which to me is a beautiful thing.
I’m white and have many white relatives, but also have cousins who are black, Asian, Hispanic and Native American backgrounds and one is married to a Middle Easterner, which means I have a nice mixed family, which I’m proud to be a part of.
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Seriously, both are beautiful women with parents. In 2016, it shouldn’t matter what color a person is. I never had problems with race and my family grew up and lived on base in the military. My father, an over achiever was probably the only man of color on a few living in base housing around so many officers. We went to great schools and college. That was it growing up, we had no choices you knew college was the last thing. My sister the oldest is successful, but she used her degree in a career not expected, it wasn’t her degreed choice. I went to college, and completed my MBA, my younger sister went to college, got into law school and that is that. The only time race becomes an issue is marrying who you want I guess. Whomever your heart falls in love with.
Rashida and Kadida are just women in another family with well known parents, they are black and white. I have American Indian, Chinese, and African American, standing 5″2.5. The men in my life are few but none have been African American. They choose other women, I dated who asked me out. That is what all women do, it’s the fact that you are the opposite sex, and your he it age is the key to unlock the door tolove and marriage. I don’t even think of my race anymore, I have lived a good life, raised a son who’s a genius, and life goes on especially with Convent Garden!