Sometimes you stumble across something by chance, and it turns out to be just what you needed. The Other Race is one of those things.
The Other Race is a 35-minute documentary by Terrence Flowers (AKA, The Mechanical Eye). The film features multiracial young adults adults talking about their experiences. There are two things about this documentary that stand out in just the first few minutes:
1) The intro: Terrence sets up the film by noting that the documentary is in response to the state of race relations in the U.S., and his perception that multiracial people are often caught in the middle of this tension. This is important, as mixed people often feel a responsibility to serve as a bridge, to mediate differences, and to step in when others don't. This is a theme MiXD has heard time and time again, and one that we'll write more about soon.
2) The subjects: The young people interviewed in the documentary are real. They are not among the privileged, like the biracial celebrities we put on pedestals and cite as mixed models. They are living the mixed experience in difficult circumstances, and they tell it like it is.
As the documentary goes on, you'll hear feelings and experiences that are all too common. The young woman who wanted to be like her white friends as a kid but learned she wasn't built like them. "I couldn't wear Abercrombie and Fitch, and I would never be that skinny." The person who felt Black people distrusted her because she wasn't as dark as them, and they were unapologetically skeptical of white people. Perhaps most telling, was the common experience of being told they were perceived as snobby, simply because they were biracial.
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