Do you recognize any of these? What do you think these questions and statements show about how people view ‘mixed race’ females and construct their racial identity? Can you see any problematic themes?
[These are all either real quotes, or based on real experiences, which actually happened to me and others (who shall remain nameless)!]
Where are you from? No, where are you really from?
Can I touch your hair?
Are you Spanish?
You don’t look half black…
So is your mum white?
Bet you think you’re it just ‘cause you’re mixed race
Can you still say half caste?
Do you feel more black or white?
You’re quite pale though…are you ill?
Oh, so you’re one of those posh mixed race girls
Mixed race girls are the most confused about what they want
I love your lips, you’re so lucky!
About white girl having black girl batty!
So do you go out with white guys?
Your hair looks like candyfloss!
You’re black, right?
Why have you got freckles?
I would have thought you’d only go for black guys
Is it true what they say about mixed race girls? (Winks)
I bet you’re an animal in bed
How do you get your skin all tanned like that? Are you wearing fake tan?
So can you rap?
You look so exotic
I don’t normally go for pale girls, but…
I don’t normally go for black girls, but…
What country are you from?
Mixed girls should be with black guys, not white guys
You look a bit Asian
OMG I had no idea you were mixed race, I thought you were ‘………’