Hello Meltingpot Readers,
I can’t think of a better antidote to the racist nonsense brought forth by the Cheerios commercial, than a look back at 2013’s Mixed Experience History Month, which just ended. Since 2007, author, Afro-Viking and all around awesome person, Heidi Durrow has dedicated the month of May to celebrate the rich and varied Mixed experience throughout American history. In other words, Durrow is trying to educate folks and make them realize that Americans with a mixed heritage did not begin with Tiger Woods. Writes Durrow on her blog, Light-Skinned-ed-Girl, “I founded this celebration in 2007 with the hope of bringing awareness to the long history of racial and cultural connectedness. I had become frustrated with the idea that my discussions of “mixed-ness” was for a small niche-group and set out to show that the Mixed experience is the American experience–that we’re all part of this larger story.”
Props to Ms. Durrow for continuing this ‘labor of love’ which benefits so many of us. And I for one am always so amazed by the diversity of Mixie folks Durrow finds to profile. And of course, just because May is over doesn’t mean you can’t continue to celebrate the Mixed Experience. Hug a Mixie in your life and then eat some Cheerios!