MY DECEMBER - I went to a houseparty in LA. I was 1 of 3 "African-American" men in a houseful of 150 people. Unbeknownst to me, strippers were a part of the festivities later in the night. We were all told to not document the evening from thereon out. They lap danced two caucasian people. They selected the only two other African American men there, post my refusal, to partake in the "next round". Instead of a lap dance, these young men were introduced as "the black guys!! yayy!!", were planked on the floor and whipped with belts, by consent. This struck me not so much as an offense to race as it is consideration to and understanding narratives. Everyone in that party laughed. I walked/ubered home. I cried. I was told my reaction was not necessary. MY DECEMBER - I was getting my my girlfriend a birthday present at Barnes & Noble. I was accused of stealing credit card information of the customer before by a teller. I explained to him, I don't need, care or in general, take people's credit information. He insists I did. MY DECEMBER - Enjoying Christmas Day with my girlfriend in LA. As I walk by a group of older women, they clutch their purses. I am assumed a danger. But I am not. I just want to be outside.
When you're biracial. Sometimes being biracial means you wish your dad remembered your birthday, not just for yourself, but in spite of a construct. Sometimes being biracial means trying to break from doing things in spite of a construct. Sometimes being biracial means your best of friends of all creeds making a grand assumption about a race and realize they've made an assumption about you. Silence. Sometimes being biracial means having to explain to your housemates why they jokingly shouldn't use "n*gga", and still keep saying it cause it's "funny". Sometimes being biracial means by speaking your story, that other people's uncomfort means more than your experience, and written off as complaint. Sometimes being biracial means you learn more about your Jamaican roots and dialect from the non-native parent. Sometimes being biracial IS the "dream in troubleshoot". #Satta#MLK#TheDream#Living#Troubleshoot#One#Love#Instagood#communication#higherpath#epic#identity#Story#Vulnerable#peace#dialogue#JamaicanAmericanRussianJew