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Many minorities and interracial couples have experienced the issue of racial profiling from the police. Are all minorities perceived as suspicious?Image

Officer, what did we do wrong?

Citizens use to look to law enforcement for a sense of security. Have times changed? In most recent years there has been a rapid increase in racial profiling by law enforcement officials.

Being married to an African- American male and being Biracial, myself, my husband and I have had our share of experiences. Living near the Nations capital, in a predominately African-American area, all African-Americans are racially profiled.

Law Enforcement officers look for African-American males, driving with tinted windows as a target for “suspected” thugs. They racially profile African-American men, based on those two key details.

My husband and I were out riding around back in March, when we got pulled over. Back up was called. I suppose we looked suspicious, a young “black” male, “white” female, tinted windows?? We were questioned about our relationship. Once the officers were informed that we were husband and wife, they were surprised. Not once did they mention anything about my husbands tint being too dark. The only petty thing they could say that their reason for pulling us over with was for a random traffic stop and because we didn’t have tags on the front of our car. Only recently our state has been enforcing the requirement of front plates.

Was it probable cause for us to be pulled over because of race? Did the officers believe that they would of found more fault in us, other than not having front plates?

Is it that strange or unbelievable that two people can be married of the opposite race?

Racial Profiling MUST end!

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ImageThroughout my entire life, in my African-American family, there has been an obsession over good hair. If you had “good” hair you were accepted. Any signs of “naps” resulted in negativity and a sense of no acceptance. It’s all about who is the lightest and who has the most non-kinkiest hair. If you can run your fingers through your hair, no problem. Even if you can just simply wash your hair and go, no perm or relaxer, you were accepted.

It’s sad to say that there is racism within the African-American community. Not even my fathers Caucasian side of the family is racist or non accepting, as oppose to my African-American side. Society has molded and idolized what beauty is through television and advertisement. Whether it’s the fair skin, blue eyes, and healthy hair “non-nappy”.

What is good hair, bad hair, and nappy hair?

-Good hair is healthy hair. Your hair doesn’t have to be straight to be good hair. As long as your hair is healthy, it is good hair! Your can have the most beautiful, well defined curls, kinks and all and your hair would be good and healthy. The healthiness of your hair is what is most important!

-Bad hair is untreated, and unhealthy hair. Whether you don’t shampoo or condition your hair, which causes damage from hair breakage. This can result in hair lost. It is imperative to take care of your hair and care for it.

-Nappy hair is unmanageable hair, but there is no reason why nappy hair is considered bad hair. If it is healthy then it is good hair.

Love what God has blesses you with. Embrace both, your inner and outer beauty. You are one of a kind. Let no one but “yourself” define your beauty and worth.

xo,

Erica

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Hines Ward 

“Hines E. Ward Jr.”

Profession: American Football Player

(Father) African-American

(Mother) Korean

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Requested by: @MultiracialWeek via twitter 

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“Couple were deported – S.O. 5 Apr. 1913, originally uploaded by snap-happy1. A mixed race couple were deported to the United States from Canada, in part of the anti-Miscegenation laws. (1913)”

(via – http://www.blackpresence.co.uk/tag/miscegenation/ )

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This excerpt brought something new to my attention. I did not think nor realize that Canada had issues with Interracial Couples and marriage.

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This image reminds me of a story that my grandfather has told many of times to family members and friends.

When he was growing up in Virginia in the 40’s, a friend of his Grandfathers was Biracial; yet chose to pass for white. The one problem with this was that everyone in their small town knew that the man’s mother was an African-American.

The man decided one day that he was going to leave town and start his life off fresh in a new place; where no one knew him. The man moved all the way to California and he met a Caucasian woman. The woman never doubted the “whiteness” and purity of this man’s “white-blood”. The two married and decided to have a child.

The child was born and looked nothing like the man and woman. The couples baby had took back after the Mixed mans mothers family. That man kept his secret, and continued to pass for white. He viciously abused his wife and people shunned her because it was clear to everyone else that she must have messed around on her husband with a “Negro”.

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