About This Blog

This page was born in late May 2010. I didn't research it, or exactly plan it, and I'm no expert; I just jumped in. Learn more by reading from one of my first posts. I began by including topics on this page as part of my Knoxville Mamabelle blog, but doing so was not in the best interests of readers unless they happened to be similar to me--interested in both couponing/saving money AND in biracial and interracial topics. Unlikely! Eventually, I will repost the topics from Knoxville Mamabelle and move them here, but until then, you can read them here on Knoxville Mamabelle.

About This Author

I was born in the late 70s to a black father and white mother. My father was not involved in my childhood, and so I didn't meet him until I was 21. My mother is a tough-as-nails, fiercely independent woman who raised me to not allow others to put me into a box. I have always felt "biracial," whatever that is... well, it is whatever a biracial person is, whether they call themselves biracial or not. Society does not assume that if George Bush, a white male, does something or feels a certain way, then that is how all white people behave. The same principle applies to all people--we have common threads, but we cannot be boxed up and stacked into neat little piles. Visit the Bill of Rights tab on this blog for more information.

Though I only have my own experience, it is my intent to include many topics blended families and individuals might find helpful or interesting, and my ultimate goal is organize events here in my town: Knoxville, Tennessee.

I do not believe in "race" as a biological phenomenon. I believe it to be a complete social construct. I will write about that in the future, but for now, I just want to make sure readers know that I only use terminology such as "white," "black," "Asian" so that we can communicate.

Some people feel strongly that we should abandon even these kinds of discussion and only discuss being human, but I find that to be a stifling viewpoint. How can we discuss the implications if we can't say the words? For example, some people don't want to ever hear or see the word "nigger," me included, but that doesn't change the fact that it's splattered all over some of my favorite literature, or that I've been called one. It's ugly, but it's the reality we live in.

Photo: Me with my parents