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America prides itself for being a “melting pot,” welcoming a number of immigrants from all over the world to start anew in a country that prides itself for giving its citizens freedom. Sometimes having a melting pot can create a bit of confusion, especially as it pertains to cultural difference (e.g. religion, communication, relationships, etc.).
Americans are often challenged with trying to place some sort of label on everyone in an effort to track job opportunities, income, education levels, and many other things. There’s a serious problem that emerges when people are forced to be placed in a box. This is especially true when the box doesn’t fully define those individuals. Respected journalist Soledad O’Brien, who was born to a Cuban-African mother and an Australian father, launched a series titled “Black In America.” The series aims to define exactly who is Black in America and what it means to be Black in a country that struggles significantly with race relations.
Throughout the series, O’Brien highlights different stories of biracial people who attempt to identify themselves based upon how they perceive themselves, as opposed to how others choose to perceive them.
Check out the intriguing story behind these individuals’ journey towards self-identity by watching the video below: