Does It Matter That Purvi Patel’s Baby Was Mixed-Race?

by Sharon H. Chang

In February/March of this year Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American woman, became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide and child neglect over the loss of her late-term fetus.

It started with barely a hunch. I read, “resulted from…relationship with a married co-worker,” “didn’t want her conservative Hindu parents to know,” “shouldn’t have sex outside of marriage,” and a light bulb was dimly lit in my mind. I reflected on those words and in them I saw boundaries, boundary-crossing: (cis)female/male, married/unmarried, Hindu/non-Hindu, proper/improper, faith/fear, expectation/defiance. The light bulb grew brighter; an unformed contemplation sat vaguely in the corner. Then other details emerged: immigrant/American, authority/subordinate, empowered/disempowered, justice/injustice. The light bulb grew even brighter, illuminating an idea that stood up and stepped forward out of shadow.

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Powerful article. Thank you for sharing Sharon!

Bhagat Singh Thind


Bhagat Singh Thind(1892-1967), an Indian American spiritual teacher and writer, was denied US citizenship in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923). The Supreme Court ruled, 9 to 0, that while Thind was arguably Caucasian, he was not white.


Community Village‘s insight:

Click through to read the whole article.This story paints the picture of one man’s personal sovereignty, dignity and persistence vs the twisted thinking of U.S. xenophobia. An amazing story that should be made into a movie. @getgln

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Is I is or is I ain’t your baby?


Much of our attention this past week has been focused on Boston. The Boston Marathon bombings which occurred this past Monday shut Boston down in their effort to find the bombing suspects. While I am thankful for a speedy conclusion to that disaster, I have also spent much of my week trying to research my heritage. Harvard University professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is one of many bright spots in the Greater Boston area and I remembered a show he aired a few years ago.

Growing up in a mixed race environment that centered primarily on African-American traditions, there were also the stories, told by my great-grandfather and great-great-grandmother, of the Creek, Blackfoot and Cherokee in our family. The Germans (great-great-grandmother) that immigrated to Illinois told the story of a Creek Indian that married an aunt; while the black side (my great-grandfather) told stories of Blackfoot and Cherokee. As children, we all listened raptly about horses being ridden into bars, crazy Indians that would cut you before talking to you and a people that always stayed close to nature. The stories were endless.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., aired African American Lives in 2006 on PBS, where he traced the backgrounds of several well-known celebrities, to include Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock and Tina Turner, and where there true lineage leads. In the segment below, you will hear that much of what African-Americans heard about their Native American Indian lineage just is not what it seems. When I went back to watch the segment, I begin re-digging into my own family’s background and heritage. I wonder now, if those were tall tales that we heard as children, or if there is substance to any of it.

I am very happy that the citizens of Boston are now safe. Boston is a city of great diversity and can teach us a lot. And so we do this remembering Boston University grad student Lu Lingzi of China (呂令子); Martin Richard, a sweet Irish-American 8-year old that advised us not to hurt each other; Krystle Campbell, restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts and; MIT police officer Sean Collier who died protecting the students of MIT. Peace.

Kymmi Taylor (Afro Cuban/Jamaican/Jewish/Indian) [Costa Rican]

Kymmi Taylor
Costa Rican and very proud to be mixed with Afro Cuban / Jamaican / Jewish / Indian

Lisa Ray (Indian/Polish) [Canadian]

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

Known as: Actress, Model, Host, Philanthropist and Social Activist (Modeled for/in Elle India, M, Harper’s Bazaar, Time India, People India, Vogue India, City Life, More Magazine)

Movies: “Water”, “Bollywood/Hollywood”, “Cooking With Stella”, “Kasoor”, “Patch Town”, “Killer Killer Faster Faster”, “All Hat”, “A Stone’s Throw”, “The World Unseen”, “I Can’t Think Straight”

TV: “Top Chef Canada”, “Endgame”, “Oh My Gold”, “The Hour”, “Psych”, “The Summit”, “Murdoch Mysteries”, “Blood Ties”

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Dilshad Vadsaria – Daily Multiracial

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

(Pakistani/Indian/Portuguese) [American]   Known as: Actress (Played Rebecca Logan in the TV series “Greek”)