Mixed in the Movies

The movie "Bridesmaids" was ok but its handling of Maya Rudolph's mixed character was perfect.

In the movie, they show both her parents - one is black and one is white. No one says anything. At no point in the movie does she say to another character, "Both your parents are white, you wouldn't know how it is." Nor does anyone say to her, "We know it was hard for you, growing up biracial." It's simply never mentioned. Just like regular people, whose parents are the same color, her parents racial combo is no biggie.

I'm not saying I don't want the pleasure and pain of being mixed to be ignored - that would make this blog rather hypocritical - I'm just saying it doesn't need to be talked every single time there's an opportunity. True progress is when we can just let it be.

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