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Being Biracial

Being Biracial
Writer, 16

I am 16, and I attend a high school in the suburbs. Of the 2,500 teens that go to my school, only 10 are biracial, including me. My school is racially diverse, though there are more Caucasians than minorities. I am mixed with black and white. My mom is white and my dad is black.

I guess it has its ups and downs, but it's hard to live in two worlds. Take me for example: most of my friends are white, I admit, and they don't treat me any differently. Back in middle school, boys would call me "monkey face" and "diddy kong" and, in one instance, a boy called me a "mutt." But I have overcome that now.

I find myself attracted to white boys, but they never are attracted to me. So I guess that's why I have been single for four years. And the black boys say that I act "too white" for them, whatever that means. Sometimes people can't tell what I am and they ask me. I've had a couple of "Mexican," "Hawaiian," "Indian," and even a "really tan white person." People are afraid to say things to me out of fear of offending me. But then I tell them it's okay because I have both points of view.

I'm very insecure about my looks because I guess you could say that I'm "unique" looking. I always wanted straight blond hair and green eyes, the perfect body, etc. I'm the exact opposite: short, skinny, no boobs, brown frizzy/curly hair. Not exactly the girl of any guy's dreams. When I was in elementary school, I had all the guys, but then I got to high school and guys are afraid to date girls who don't look like Britney Spears or Pamela Anderson. They are afraid of interracial dating. Oh well, I've gotten over it. I play sports and I'm a sophomore cheerleader. I love to flirt, I love to sing, and I look forward to being a model someday. Being biracial is fun: you're really one in a million.

Last Modified Date: 1/10/2001