Bill of Rights


Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People


By Maria P.P. Root


I HAVE THE RIGHT...

-Not to justify my existence in this world.

-Not to keep the races separate within me.

-Not to be responsible for people's discomfort with my physical ambiguity.

-Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.


I HAVE THE RIGHT...


-To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify.

-To identify myself differently from how my parents identify me.

-To identify myself differently from my brothers and sisters.

-To identify myself differently in different situations.


I HAVE THE RIGHT...


-To create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial.

-To change my identity over my lifetime -- and more than once.

-To have loyalties and identification with more than one group of people.

-To freely choose whom I befriend and love



© Maria P. P. Root, PhD, 1993, 1994
Learn more about her and her work at http://www.drmariaroot.com/.