multiracial family man, Alex Barnett, interviews Tiffany Jones


by Tiffany Jones

I was delighted to be interviewed by comedian Alex Barnett for his Multiracial Family Man podcast. I met Alex and his wife during the Katie Couric debacle of 2014. Not only do I like them because they are cool, funny people, but they remind me of my family of origin. That doesn’t happen all that often.


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Meet a Native American for Native American Heritage Month


1. Are you full Native American?
2. What tribe(s) are you?
3. Traditional or Non-Traditional?
4. What tribe are you mistaken for?
5. Which tribe do you embrace the most?
6. How was it growing up with different tribes?
7. Do you wear traditional clothing?
8. Any famous people from your tribe(s)?
9. Do you dance in powwows?
10. What makes being Native American beautiful?
11. How do you feel about Native American Heritage Month?



Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’ – COLORLINES

The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author broke it down.



The audience was dead silent when she said there is no such thing as race.

I bet there were confused as hell.

‘Cause they and we all know racism is real, and how can racism be real without race?

I think when we oversimplify ‘race as a social construct’ – only – then we confuse the hell out of people.



Disambiguation and the answer to why all this talk about race

Ice, water, and steam are all forms of water. Race also needs to be understood in different ways and through different lenses.


The  lens of society


Society racializes us. A race label is applied to us regardless of our true ethnic heritage.


The lens of sociology


Race is the label that the census and school applications require of us to self identify  in order to track discrimination, a requirement since the 1964 civil rights. Race (phenotype) is based on our outward appearance, whereas race (haplotype) takes into account our whole physical identity – inside and out.


The lens of medical science

Most anthropologists describe race (phenotype) as a social construct, often used to discriminate and segregate. Whereas most medical scientists, who are curing diseases, will describe race (haplotype) as real. Medical institutions collect data on self identified race (phenotype). As dangerous as the slippery slope of race-base medicine is, there has been success in finding bone marrow donors through race based donation drives for groups who find it challenging to find a bone marrow match for example.


The lens of hate


Humans are tribal by nature. Wired into us is a fear of the new that we do not understand and therefor a fear of the other. The word for this is xenophobia. Having unchecked fear and living in a society that normalizes the doctrine of white supremacy leads to the normalization of racism.




PS – I read The Bluest Eye. It’s good.

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