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By now you’ve likely heard of or seen the Cheerios ad featuring an interracial family. The commercial elicited such racist comments that the company disabled commenting on YouTube.

In the meantime, people from interracial families weighed in with stories of their own.

Jezebel writer Meagan Hatcher-Mays writes to say, yes actually, that biracial Cheerios ad is a big fucking deal 

Just last week, a white father in Virginia was suspected by a Walmart security guard of kidnapping after he made the mistake of being seen in public with his own biracial children. A customer reported the father to the security guard after seeing him in the parking lot with his children and deeming the scene “strange.” Local police were dispatched to the family’s home to investigate. The children were made to positively identify their own parents, in their own home. As dumb as it sounds, this Cheerios commercial at least provides idiots in the parking lot at Walmart a foundation of knowledge about interracial families. [more] 
Hatcher-Mays relates her experience of growing up in Seattle in the nineties and observing white mothers asking her own mother about her availability as a nanny — baffled that she might actually be her biological mother. Listen to this interview with Hatcher-Mays on public radio morning show The Takeaway.
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And Heather Hamilton writes in TJZMommy:

As open as our family is, I find that [my son] Jayden is still stuck on the notion that our white Barbie and our white Ken should be the ones to get married.  Last week, while playing with the dolls, I suggested that our brown skinned female doll should marry the white Ken. He looked at me as if I was crazy and told me that the white dolls should marry each other. How can he still believe this in a family where his mom is white and his dad is black? Has he seen so many TV shows, books and movies where the white couple is married, that he has started to believe that that is how it should be?

As an interracial lesbian family we have made a vow never to live anywhere where my partner, a woman of colour, will be mistaken for “the nanny.” Which totally happens, by the way, depending on where we are at any given moment in Toronto.

Meri Perra is a columnist and assistant editor at Bunch.

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