As the world continues to evolve, embracing the understanding of individuals who identify as mixed race will be crucial. Hear from Danielle Davis below as she shares about her life identifying as being biracial and how that has shaped her. Be sure to shop her collection of images!
I am bi-racial and a product of a white mother and black father in the late 80s. When I was a little girl growing up in predominately white, suburban neighborhoods, I never really had to confront my racial identity. Looking back through old photos of my adolescence, I am nearly always the only girl of color until my late teen years.
My childhood was not riddled with race issues but more of wishing I had physical attributes like my white girlfriends. Like most, I remember begging my mother to put a relaxer in my hair so that it could blow in the wind because that’s how everyone else’s hair was and I wanted that too. I also remember the infamous “cute for a black girl” statement from the boys in my class. I could never just be cute to them.
When I made it to college I was really confronted with race and my racial identity. Both fortunately and unfortunately, this time in my life would not allow me to simply just be Danielle. I had to navigate my place in an environment I was not familiar with. In a way, I felt forced to choose.
As I got older I became increasingly comfortable with myself. I tended to gravitate to women who looked like me. Who loved their skin and loved their hair and loved being black women!
I live my life as a black woman. That is without a doubt what people outside of the black community see me as. A lot of people who are not bi-racial get confused by that and think that you are denying a part of who you are. That is not the case. Anyone who knows me knows that my mother is white and that I would never deny her as a part of me.
One of the toughest and most enlightening parts of my journey is the realization of the inherent privilege my skin color affords me. I experience a portion of white privilege in nearly everything I do.
Being bi-racial is a beautiful thing and makes up so much of the world we live in now. It presents an interesting dynamic for each individual to work through. You become stronger, wiser and more confident with time. You realize that you are in control of your mind, your body and your power.
You read the narrative, now use it as inspiration.
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