We want to encourage all of you to submit your stories!
It’s okay if you’ve never personally gone through any discrimination, but if you’ve heard of someone else’s story or have a friend who’s gone through something, ask them if they’d be okay sharing with us. It can be completely anonymous!
The point is just to raise awareness by making this issue as approachable as possible - to get people to understand that it DOES happen and is not something to ignore.
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Though tools are available for sexual violence survivors, many people do not have resources available in their area. And for some, even small costs make attending support groups, conferences, and retreats out of reach. Pandora’s Project believes every survivor should have access to quality support and education, and this grant will help us make healing available to all.
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Please help and spread the word! This site has been an invaluable resource for me and many others.
I know this is a small thing, but even small things make a difference! Sexual assault knows no shape, age, color, or gender. It’s THESE kinds of steps that begin to give power back to sexual assault survivors.
I learned some interesting things in class today as I was listening to my fellow classmates’ presentations. One presentation was on teen/college suicide, and the other was on domestic violence against women. (Also, these are facts that I wrote in my notes; I neglected to copy their sources, but I assure you that there were works cited pages on all the powerpoints!)
Did you know?
I know these stats don’t specifically have anything to do with interracial awareness, but it most certainly COULD. How many surveys are out there asking people if the discrimination they face because of their relationship with someone of another race has caused them such mental anguish that they have considered self-harm? Or how many studies are out there trying to figure out if people in mixed-race relationships have started to internalize the discrimination they face, eventually coming to subconsciously resent their partners and perhaps turn to certain forms of domestic abuse? THIS STUFF HAPPENS - I GUARANTEE IT.
How can we help?
Come together. Realize that you are not alone. Talk about it. Understand that there is always someone who can be there for you and be a safe place for you to go if you’re experiencing these problems on your own, or with a partner, or the both of you are experiencing the same things at the same time. DON’T WAIT! If you think that someone you know is being abused or is having thoughts of self-harm, talk to them and let them know that you are there for them, and that there are definite ways to not have to go through what they are going through.
Hopefully this helps you guys a little bit, or at least inspires some fresh thinking. REMEMBER! The only way to change an issue is to first acknowledge that it exists!
I’m in an extremely interracial relationship. I’m Mexican-American, meaning that I’m the product of a long history of mixing, including native Nahuatl, Spanish, and African roots. My boyfriend is Black-American and Irish-German. Everywhere we go people always ask at least one of us “what” we are, and seem fascinated by our answers. Even though it gets bothersome, seeing that we’ve dealt with this our whole life, it’s really great knowing that our future kids will be a part of this mixing and breaking down of racial barriers and social norms. This is a great Tumblr by the way, thank you for this space!
Thank you so much for your message! Your story is one of many that provides a really hopeful outlook for other couples going through similar situations. People are curious by nature about things that they can’t relate to, so of course they will want to ask questions like what you mentioned. In our society it can often times be impolite for them to do so, but depending on the people in the relationship and the asker’s manner of questioning, it can actually just be a really good way to educate people on heritage, squash stereotypes, and raise awareness for interracial relationships.
This is our Zine: Black, White & Shades of Gray.
We’re just starting it so right now we have a prototype and this is the cover (all art ©Sarah Klam 2010)! So exciting!
To raise awareness of and fight discrimination towards interracial people and interracial couples, our Zine will publish interviews, personal stories, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art work, essays, and other forms of creative work. In this way, we will be able to target a larger audience and we will also be able to receive and publish input from a wide variety of people.
This blog is run by Sarah, Aerica, Anika and Lindsay, just a couple of regular college women. We’re creating this space as an environment for people to come to share their stories involving their interracial thoughts, experiences, and ideas for activism. Whether or not you’re aware of it, interracial discrimination IS an issue in American society (as well as other societies, but we’re keeping it national for now).
Our goal with this blog and the Zine that we’re starting (Black, White & Shades of Gray) is to fight sexism and racism by taking steps towards raising awareness about interracial couples. Not only will we focus on the way outside people feel about interracial relationships, but we will also explore the discrimination that those couples actually experience because of racism and sexism in our society today.
The success of our endeavors will be apparent, even if it is slow success: to gain even one member, attract just some interest, get only a few people together to talk to each other, or simply put our information out into the world, is making a difference. There is no way to fail because we want to achieve a higher level of understanding within the communities around us, and the intention and effort alone shows that we have taught ourselves of the injustices in our world, and that at least a couple people are attempting to make a change.
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(This is a safe-haven for ALL people of ALL sexual orientations/identities, genders, ages, marital statuses, etc. etc. etc.)