College Relations Student Workers

Permission to Speak: Multiracial Identities, Community, and the Public Sphere

A talk by Dr. Myra Washington, University of New Mexico

There is a long history of biracial and multiracial individuals taking on leadership and advocacy roles in racial justice movements. However, the extent to which their mixed race heritage may be embraced continues to cause controversy. Recent examples surrounding the activism of Colin Kapernick and Jesse Williams show some critiques of them for not being ‘Black enough’ or being privileged due to their racial ambiguity. Does this critique silence some biracial and multiracial activists? Does it force people to identify monoracially? Dr. Washington will unpack these questions and more around who should speak on behalf of (monoracialized) communities of color.