Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage

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© Maria P. P. Root, PhD, 1993, 1994

I HAVE THE RIGHT...

  • Not to justify my existence in this world.
  • Not to keep the races separate within me.
  • Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.
  • Not to be responsible for people’s discomfort with my physical or ethnic ambiguity.

I HAVE THE RIGHT...

  • To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify.
  • To identify myself differently than how my parents identify me.
  • To identify myself differently than my brothers and sisters.
  • To identify myself differently in different situations.

I HAVE THE RIGHT...

  • To create a vocabulary to communicate about being multiracial or multiethnic.
  • To change my identity over my lifetime--and more than once.
  • To have loyalties and identification with more than one group of people.
  • To freely choose whom I befriend and love.