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22 November 2013 @ 07:44 pm
When I was born, the "mixed" marriage (Jewish/Gentile) that produced me made conventional people have to suppress their gag reflex. That was more than 70 years ago. At Swarthmore in the 60s, there were enough of us Halfies to be a recognizable group, and by now that sort of thing is so ordinary it doesn't even register. We figured the same thing would happen with people of recognizably different "races," and it has. Some of today's Halfies.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on November 23rd, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's being a dick to call someone out on their assumption that I am likely to be a racist, or to act in a racist way in the specific situation. The social worker could equally well have started with "we have a baby, he's $age weeks old, would you like to see a picture?" As asked, they are treating being mixed-race as automatically a difficulty, whether for the child himself or for the parents.
Kalimackalimac on November 23rd, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Let me rephrase, then. It would have been nice if the friend had found a way of calling the person out on this assumption without being a dick about it.