Interview with Multiracial Student Activist

2016-08-24T14:13:38+00:00August 24th, 2016|

By Celisa Calacal — Opinion Editor, The Ithacan This semester, sophomore Walt Martzen plans to expand the conversation on mixed-race identities through a new student discussion group, IC Mixed. As a biracial student himself, Martzen created this group over the summer to bring students of mixed race together and educate other students about what it means to be biracial or multiracial.Though the group is not an official student organization recognized by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, Martzen hopes the group will inspire an organic discussion about mixed-race [...]

Finding My Choice

2016-06-21T15:38:10+00:00June 21st, 2016|

via Huffington Post By Alexander Jasienowski As a young girl, I remember my grandfather saying to me, “You’re black, you’re black, you’re black. It doesn’t matter how much white blood you have, you’ll always be, and always be seen as black.” My black grandfather said the words but my white relatives reinforced the message with their actions. Growing up with a black mom and a white dad has been central to my life experience. I struggled to fully fit into one identity as each side of my family imposed its [...]

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