My Blogging Break is Over! (:

I am bringing my break from blogging to an end. I really have missed blogging about racially impacting events and topic. Over the past several months, I needed to take time out. Now, I am back and ready to get back to what I enjoy the most, blogging. I really have missed the Biracial community.

One of the reasons why I became uninspired to blog was because of the absence of Mulatto Diaries, Tiffany Jones in our Biracial Community. It was because of Tiffany Jones, that I jumped in to voice my opinion of growing up as a biracial individual. Since Tiffany has been absent on her youtube channel and blog for Mulatto Diaries, I grew uninspired. I really enjoyed watching and reading her delightful incities on various topics. 

I hope that Tiffany Jones comes back to the Biracial Community and gets back to blogging and uploading videos. Until then, I will try my best to post an update or article once or twice a week to begin with. Striving for a daily post a day, if school permits. I have to manage my time wisely and devote dedication where it is needed. 

Look forward to a new post soon. (: 

– Erica, xo 

Suggestions?

E-mail me any suggestions of a topic to be discussed or blogged about. (xbiracialxbeautyx@gmail.com)

P.S. follow my personal twitter for updates:   @EricaJoann 

What encouraged me to start blogging?

Growing up I always felt like no one understood me or could to relate to me. I had one friend that I met that was also biracial but I felt that it was still something that separated us. In my opinion she identifies more with her black side, unlike me who feels like I am equally both black and white. It was hard not having someone who could share the same experiences with you. During the time I began blogging there weren’t many sites for biracials to share and speak out on their experience.

I reached an epiphany when I discovered Tiffany Jones youtube channel and wordpress blog, Mulatto Diaries. For once I found a stranger who shared the same experience and had some of the same feelings toward racial issues as me. Watching her videos made me feel like she was a friend to me. Someone who spoke up and spoke out to those biracial individuals with no voice. At the time and even now the resources available for biracials are limited. The biracial community is small. I encourage others to create a blog of sort to speak out to others. I remember feeling lonely as if no one shared the same Biracial experiences with me until finding Tiffany Jones vlogs & blog. The small and limited biracial community encouraged me to write because I wanted to leave footprints on the internet for young biracials that may feel lost and alone. I write down my opinions and personal experience so the lost ones can feel found.

Through personal growth I have come to realize that despite culture and races separating us we are more alike than ever. As different as we all may feel, we are alike. We are human. We eat, sleep, cry, smile and breathe all the same.

Until next time . . .

HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE! — UPDATE

Blogging Family,

Here is an update:  I didn’t get my flu shot this year so obviously with my luck I did catch the flu. It was the worst couple of weeks of my life! =/ On top of that afterwards I caught a little common cold. I am feeling better now. I can guarantee that I will make it a priority to get my flu shot each year!

I hope you all have been doing well. I have been a bit discouraged since Biracial Tiffany doesn’t make videos or update her blog Mulatto Diaries anymore. It’s a bit depressing. I really enjoy reading others blogs about the Biracial and mixed experience. If you know of any blogs for me to check out, feel free to comment below with a link.

 

Hopefully with this new year approaching I will get the courage to start making videos for my youtube channel. Otherwise my new year resolution is to set some time out for myself so i can tend to my blog. (: I am sure my readers would like that.

What is your new year resolution?

Imitation of Life


How can one, be so ashamed of her mother and every piece of culture that has created her?

I remember being no older than six years old and my family had me watching the “Imitation of Life”. I will forever remember this movie; the pain and the sadness. It truely bothered me how Sarah Jane was so ashamed of her mother and being Biracial. This reflected her insecurities among her self, but she was a beautiful girl. Often the most beautiful people struggle the most with their insecurities. For example, Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge.

I recommend that everyone should watch this classic movie! There are a few versions created. My personal favorite is the 1959 film.

Please comment below if you have seen this movie or have heard about it. I would like to read your opinion of Sarah Jane.

Our Human Race [Copyright ©2011]

Our Human Race

I want to live where it is diverse,

seeing my features in the crowd.

I want to live where it is beauty,

in every face and smile.

I want to live in the moment,

when nobody will care,

if your skin is a warm brown or chillingly fair.

I want to live in a world,

that understands everyones pain.

In a world where one’s struggle is all the same.

I want to live in a world,

where one’s race doesn’t matter.

In a world,

where serenity is all that we are chasing after.

This world now,

may be cruel and callous.

Yet, change is near

and that is all I am running after.

-Erica J. Garbers

 

Copyright ©2011

Loving Day


Loving Day is celebrated on June 12th each year in celebration of the breakdown of all anti-miscegenation laws, that prevented whites and non-whites to marry.

Loving Day is named in honor of Richard & Mildred Loving of Caroline County, Virginia and of the Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia.

Please spread the word and join the festivities each year. The website link is in the side bar, under ‘Notable Websites’.

Biracial in America . . . Black, White, or You?

Recently I was browsing through Youtube videos on being Biracial and I ran across this video. As soon as I watched this video I knew I had to upload this to my Blog to share with others.

There were many questions that raced through my mind from watching and hearing others breifly speak out on their Biracial experiences. I began to wonder more about the word “Mulatto”, and it’s meaning.

Mulatto (noun) – the first-generation offspring of a black person and a white person.

(origin) – Spanish mulato, from mulo mule, from Latin mulus

First Known Use: 1593
Many Biracial individuals chose to freely identify themselves by the known derogatory classification of “Mulatto”.  Do you find the label, “Mulatto” to be derogatory or do you feel as though the word “Mulatto”, best describes your racial make-up?

I acknowledge the fact that the word “Mulatto” was intended and is still used in a derogatory manner, yet it reflects truth and history. I do not believe that we need to continue living in a closed minded era. I also do not support the idealism of stripping this world from the rich history that we were built on. There is no way we can  turn our cheek to the issues that our family had to face in the past, no matter what your race.
If we forget such history, we are forget our worth. Times have changed, we have overcame so much, and will continue to break down the barriers that we are faced with.
There is no word that can offend my Racial Identity and integrity, because I have yet to find a word that can describe a mixture of such Beauty. –