Happy Friday, everyone!! My name is Julien Joseph, and I am a Multiracial teen from Massachusetts. I am excited to share a glimpse into my perspective growing up in a racially blended family. My mother is a white American woman who has lived in eastern Massachusetts all her life, and my father is an immigrant from Haiti who immigrated here as a teenager. I have three half brothers; my mom has two white sons from a previous marriage to a white man, and my dad has a black son, so I remain the only mixed person in my family. As a Multiracial individual navigating between two distinct cultural backgrounds, finding a sense of belonging can be challenging and rewarding. From my perspective, the struggles of being multiracial often stem from feeling like I don’t fully fit into either community represented by my parents.

Within the white family groups, I occasionally feel like an outsider due to my physical appearance or experiential differences. Despite being surrounded by my family, my mind discerns a subliminal distance because of the color of my skin; there is a different set of expectations regarding cultures or opinions. Meanwhile, on my father’s side, my different upbringing, language barriers, and limited knowledge of Haitian culture can lead to feelings of isolation. I live in my father’s shadow; I don’t connect with the Haitian experience except through the semblances of my dad.

Even in social settings, there’s no clear group to connect with, and the pressure to conform to societal expectations of racial identity can be overwhelming, leading to a sense of not belonging anywhere. However, it’s essential to recognize that my Multiracial identity is a unique strength rather than a limitation. Embracing Multiculturalism allows me to celebrate the diversity of my heritage and forge my personalized path, independent from predefined racial categories. While I may not fully align with either community individually, I find solace in the richness of my Multicultural identity.

Ultimately, my journey as a multiracial individual is not about fitting into a specific group but embracing the complexity of my identity. Finding strength in Multiculturalism means acknowledging that it’s okay not to fit neatly into predefined categories. By embracing my unique identity, I can confidently navigate the world, knowing that my Multiracial identity is a source of strength and resilience, something to be proud of.