Another thought occurred to me. It is harder for people to identify with something that they see as ambiguous or perhaps even inchoate. I’ll give you an example. I was raised Catholic but don’t practice–I’m the classic agnostic product of too much religion as a child. My beliefs are sort of a la carte religion: a little of everything mixed together. My ex-husband is Jewish, and many members of his family maintain religious and cultural Jewish traditions. A number of his relatives died in the camps during the Holocaust. My son, who is technically not one drop Jewish (based on matrilineal descent) and is at best half Jewish, still identifies with his Jewish ancestors and considers himself a Jew. I think he finds it difficult to identify with agnosticism. See this is where we are different to you guys!

Perhaps the same case could be made for biracial or mixed race identity? Is it easier to find something specific to cling to than to embrace a rainbow of heritages? Just food for thought… We have 4 race groups in South Africa - black, white, indian and what we call Coloured (your bi-racial) so if Obama was our President he would have been called the first Coloured president!

Our coloured people stem from the bushmen as well as mixed relationships!

It still leaves the question - who will my kids identify with? They are growing up with me and my white parents, being exposed to our culture and our way of life. The contact with their dad is limited so the once-every-6-month visits arent really enough to expose them to the coloured culture!

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