The Chariot

A Fresh Perspective on a Mixed Life

Priya Bandstra, Staff Writer

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This year, many are excited about the big engagement in the British Royal Family.
Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle announced on Nov. 27 that they are to be married next spring. Any royal engagement is cause for celebration, but this one is particularly special. Once Markle is wed to the prince, she will be the first mixed-race princess in the Royal Family.
While commonly accepted in modern times, the engagement of Markle and Prince Harry would have been considered a crime 60 years ago. As a woman of mixed-race, I love seeing people accept the potential I have to be someone in power. Since I can remember, I have always been asked about my race. Hawaiian? Hispanic? Arabic? Usually I answer Indian, but I leave out half the truth. My mom is Indian and my dad is half-black and half-white. I don’t know why I left the other part of my ethnicity out; maybe it’s because I was ignorant to the fact that being more than one race is special.
I have learned to embrace the fact that I am mixed. I am proud of the fact that I have caramel colored skin and light brown curly hair. I love that people have to take a second look at me just to find out what ethnicity I really am. I am not the only one; most people that I tell about my race are often in awe.
As a mixed black and white woman, senior Delayne Richie also learned to celebrate her ethnicity openly.
“I think it’s really cool [being mixed],” Richie said. “When I was younger, I didn’t think much of it, but now I appreciate certain traits that I have like my hair.”
There was a time when it was illegal to marry someone of a different race. When my parents got married, they faced a challenge breaking societal norms, but they still decided to marry each other despite that. To me, that’s admirable.
“Seeing my mom and my dad being two completely different races is inspiring,” Richie said. “Especially in this world now, there are many negative things going on, and I think that people like them are making a difference.”
According to National Geographic, the majority of the American population will be of two or more races by 2050. Instead of identifying with one’s race, most people by that time will be a mix of multiple ones.
“I think we are all moving in a positive direction,” Richie said. “Everybody is looking at each other and not basing a person’s qualities or personality off of their skin color or nationality. I think that people are going to start loving each other for the way they are.”
Don’t get me wrong, we as a population still have major problems when it comes to racial profiling, but even the things that seem insignificant, like two people of different races getting married, make a big difference by demonstrating to the rest of the world how we should treat each other. Seeing a mixed couple and a mixed woman in the Royal Family, it is now clear we are moving in a direction where we can be more open and accepting of each other’s cultures and ethnicities. It is a beautiful example of how we should accept this pending change in our society and see a new side of the picture.

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About the Writer
Priya Bandstra, Staffer
Priya Bandstra, senior, is in her second year working for the Chariot newspaper. Her hobbies include swimming, teaching and any kind of crafting.
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