Are biracial chilren really still considered outcasts?

United States
August 23, 2012 11:14pm CST
I have two biracial children, (white mother, black father) neither one of them have ever had a problem fitting in or making friends. This year they are in a new school and my daughter came home today and said that a little white girl said that her mom says she's not allowed to play with "mulattos" I didn't even know what that meant so I googled it and apparently its equivalent to the "n" word. Is there really still that much racism these days that parents infringe it on their kids? We live in a diverse area and at that school there are kids of all races and backgrounds. Should I be worried? Should I pull them out and try to send them somewhere else? I'm really troubled by this.
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@adforme (2116)
25 Aug 12
No, not in my opinion. Look at the president of the United States. There really is not a problem with being such a child. The problems are ignorance and racism. Hopefully, you can raise your children in an environment of tolerant communities, schools, and family situations.
@Shellyann36 (9214)
• United States
24 Aug 12
I am afraid that racism still lives and even thrives in some places. My niece is 1/2 white and 1/2 Hispanic. She looks Hispanic but some of the Hispanic people that know she is 1/2 white will say negative things to her about being 1/2 white. I am afraid that your children will have to face this. It will come from both the white side as well as the black side. I don't think I would pull her from school. If you start this habit you will continue it. I would go and speak with the teacher at great lengths as well as the school counselor and the principle.
@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
24 Aug 12
I don't know about that, honestly, and I guess it's also alarming me a bit now that I've heard of this from here. You see, I'm Asian and my husband's White, so we will have bi-racial kids. In my country, some kids may tease and taunt other kids for the color of their skin but it isn't that bad; at least that's what I think. I don't think it would be fair for your kids to get them out of school for one kids' ignorant parent and their primitive thinking. They should learn that nobody's lesser of a person than they are for whatever superficial reason.
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
24 Aug 12
The truth of the matter is that there are going to be some people who don't like your children because they are half-black, but don't be fooled because there will be some black people who will not like your children because they are half-white, trust that. That is just the way it is. That's life. But don't freak out, you can and WILL handle it. I would not pull them out of the school unless they start to get bullied and are unhappy. I would talk to the principal and the teacher ASAP, let them know what your daughter told you, tell them WHO said it, and just hope that your daughters' school days go smoothly from here on out. If you see that she comes home happy every day, then you know that things are going ok. I would not bring it up to her every day, the minute she's out of school asking her, "Did the kids call you names??" I'm sure you won't have to ask, just chill and see how things go. I've never heard the word mulatto referred to as an offensive word, not in the black community anyway. Most blacks say it to mean mixed, half-white, half-black. Trust me, in most black communities, mulatto does NOT equal the n-word. That being said, there will always be racism in the world, that is just LIFE. Never in this life will there be a time where race is not an issue. A lot of white people do not realize this, however that does not make it any less true. You cannot shield your children from people who do not like mixed kids, just try not to make a big deal out of it (unless someone tries to physically harm them). Just tell them the truth.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 Aug 12
This might have been the first time that you've ever heard this, but I would be willing to bet that it won't be the first time that your children will hear it. However, I don't think that because of this you should pull your children out of the school. It isn't a problem that your children have, it is simply the fact that this other child's parents are ignorant. The world that we live in today is much more diverse than the world that we might have lived in when we were younger. My children go to a school where they are actually in the minority (and we are caucasian). Their school has mostly African American students and then there is about an equal mix between caucasians and Hispanic students.
@McCreeper (781)
• United States
24 Aug 12
I'm actually quite shocked to hear this.. people much earlier have become interracial in their marriages and it wasn't discussed as much as it has now. Why must it down the familiar road of racism yet again..? You should be talking to the officials of the school. Racism in whatever case is awful and needs to be ruled out.. Just my opinion. Hope it helps.
• United States
24 Aug 12
That is horrible. I have heard of that word before, and yes, it is the equivalent of the "n" word. You need to fight this, you need to enlighten people, and you need to make it clear that your children matter just as much as the others in that school. Yes, there is a lot of racism these days, and it is just terrible. My mother is 1/4 Native American, she is also part Jewish, and European. My father is mostly European, possible 1/8 or 1/16 African-American, and probably a few other ethnic groups that I am not so sure of, but here's what I can tell you: the majority of Americans, even people in Canada and Mexico, are mixed. Everyone has some kind of mixed ethnicity in them. I have people in my family who are, half-Filipino, half-Latino, half-African-American, half-Native American, half-Korean, and you name it. They are no different from me, and I am no different from them. We all bleed red, and we all feel. We are all family.
• United States
24 Aug 12
This is not the last you will hear of this..don't take them out of school. let them have really nice friends who don't care about the color of their skin. if you move them once you will move them twice. good luck with this.