Marissa Johnson

Marissa Janae Johnson (1991?- ), a Black American civil rights leader, is a founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapter in Seattle. She is best known nationally for stopping Bernie Sanders from giving a speech in Seattle on August 8th 2015.

Bernie Sanders
 is the most “progressive” (liberal or left-leaning) of those running for US president. He is a White senator from the second Whitest state in the nation. As Johnson rightly notes, he is a class reductionist, making policies that address issues of class in place of race.

Sanders had been interrupted by BLM protesters before
. On July 18th at aNetroots Nation gathering in Arizona, they challenged him and fellow presidential candidate Martin O’Malley to make public their policies on structural racism. O’Malley did that a few days later. Sanders did not.



She now sees it as her duty to make people uncomfortable about living in a racist society.

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How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to Its Rise

To fight an Arizona law censoring culturally relevant classes, educators have started a nationwide movement.


“Mexican American studies has spread to high schools at a rate no one could have imagined before Arizona banned the class in 2010.”


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Thank you Steven Riley @mixed_race

President Barack Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Brings Church to Its Feet By Singing “Amazing Grace” (FULL VIDEO)

President Barack Obama continues to lead this country with class and heart, delivering a touching and emotional eulogy for state Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney, an unfortunate victim in the tragic shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week.  Obama spoke eloquently of the good works and commitment to community Pinckney had, and solemnly acknowledged by name each of the church members who lost their lives with Pinckney.  He then proceeded to talk about the history of the black church and the power of grace.

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The 100% Mixed Show #011 – Thomas Lopez, Kiyoshi Houston, Ken Tanabe

Thomas Lopez and Kiyoshi Houston talk to us about MASC, a mixed community organization that reaches out to families and educates children on bullying and identity. Ken Tanabe is founder of Loving Day a celebration multiracial relationships and overcome racism. Really fun episode!

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And So the Search Begins: What’s the Trouble? Part 2

By Michel Beller

(Above:   My beautiful parents on their wedding day, 1958: another black-white marriage, 150 years later, when it was still illegal to “miscegenate” in 16 states)


I chose, as the title for this book, The Trouble with Virginia, because it fits so perfectly. Virginia is my great-great grandmother’s name.  She was born in Virginia. Of a white father and a black mother living openly as husband and wife in the South, in 1830. Plenty of trouble there–need I say more? Imagine navigating a world, a society, a culture such as what mixed-race Virginia (and others like her) must have encountered.


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oh happy (loving) day

I love surprising intersections of the things I love the most.  Such as Volkswagen and Loving Day.  I’m not sure if I am more passionate about any other subjects.  That may be an exaggeration, but anyway I am super into VW as well as the progression of our society toward a more loving, open way of living.  Without Loving v. Virginia it is likely that there would be no me nor so many others. This is inspiring and undeniable progress for which I am grateful.


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The VW video 😀

Mixed Remixed Festival – Los Angeles, Saturday June 13, 2015

We are excited that the Costco Connection has written a story about mixed race artists and the Mixed Remixed Festival. The reporter Hana Medina really captured what the Festival is all about!–Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder

You can also download a copy of the article here.

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VIDEO: The Difference Between a Black Man and a White Man Open Carrying An AR-15 Legally

Two men carrying the same rifle down the street receive two entirely different reactions from police.



I was scared-to-death just watching this video.


Should Children be Racialized?


The No Child Left Behind Act requires children’s race with test scores to be tallied so that no race is left behind. I have always thought test scores should be tallied by zip code, not by race. But maybe, as Dr. Cornel West alludes to, maybe students should not be tested at all. He says that rich students are taught and poor students are tested.

When my daughter entered kindergarten the race question was on the registration form. I asked the secretary what would happen if I left the race question blank. She said the teacher would fill in the race question for me, because it is required by law. So, my wife and I decided to fill in Latina (only one race was allowed at the time). However, they have since changed the rules and now allow more than one race to be checked, so my son will be tallied as Latino & White.

I used to be completely against all these race labels, but I found out (thank you Steven Riley of Mixed Race Studies) that the 1964 Civil Rights Act requires tracking race in order to track disparities in hiring, and housing discrimination. And the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed law suites based on racial discrimination. They have found that schools punish Black and Latino students more harshly (suspension) for the same infraction where White and Asian students are not punished with suspension.

PS – the day my children were born we were asked what race we are so it could be marked down on our children’s birth certificates. We live in California. The law may be different in different states. I seem to recall that sometimes that parent’s race is put down, sometimes the children’s race is put down. I’m not sure that there is a state where no race is put down. Also, if you were not asked about race, the nurse may have looked at you, your spouse, and your child and wrote it down without asking.