Why Saying I Look “Mixed” Isn’t A Compliment

With being of mixed-race, ethnicity, a more common theme in today’s society it doesn’t seem uncommon for people to ask other people “what are you?” and play that game of figuring out someone’s ethnic background. As evidenced by the essay we posted recently, that question can be annoying, negative and more. Along with that question is the other side, when someone assumes you are mixed and tells you such, as in: “what are you? you look mixed. To some maybe that’s a compliment as in you have an exotic look to you, but to some it’s not the most flattering comment. Hit the jump to see how.

This “you look exotic” phenomenon isn’t just a cluster of isolated incidents reserved only for yours truly. Apparently, this a thing now.

 

So do we really have to be “mixed” to be beautiful? Should another race, ethnicity, or nationality be a requirement for attractiveness?

 

Because when a man tells a Black woman that she looks mixed as a form of endearment, he’s insinuating that her beauty comes from the (allegedly) non Black part of her. All they’re effectively saying is: You’re too beautiful to just be Black.

Full Article via Clutch Magazine

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