I say the phrase “tragick mulatto” a lot here. No, it’s not me having a problem with mixed race people as a whole.
A tragick mulatto is (generally) a person mixed with white and some non-passing PoC who either:
I’d have to disagree. It’s down right insensitive from the getgo for a mixed race individual, who looks what is deemed as exotic by white society, to act as if they are not deemed the acceptable POC in society. “Tragic mulatto” is a term that encompasses the problematic ideas of some “exotic looking” POC who claim their hardships surpass monoracial looking POC. I myself am deemed “exotic” and would, in no way, take offense to someone calling me on my light skinned privilege and using that term in reference to me. I don’t think we should skirt around words and phrases such as those. Of course I know that isn’t the case for others but I don’t think that POC should refrain from using offensive terms deeply rooted in racial history. The power and decision lies within each individual POC and this is the argument that I make for the slur “nigger”.
First of all, what don’t you understand about that not being the correct definition of tragic mulatto?
Secondly, just because you don’t have a problem with someone calling you something, doesn’t mean it’s not problematic. That’s just an extremely self-centered view of the world.
Thirdly, why am I even bothering with a response, because it’s clear that it is just a wasted effort.
There have been at least 2 people who brought up the idea of the “correct” definition of tragic mulatto. Something about this train of thought is rubbing me the wrong way. Maybe because there’s a sort of sly condescension going on there, wherein the reason why Riley doesn’t use the term “properly” is because they are ignorant and/or uneducated, and not because they are trying to reconstruct or re-envision language in ways that center the POC experience in a different way.
But that might just be my HBCU graduate English major over-analysis thinking.