We live in a multiracial world with a lot of racial mixes, what upsets me is that we’re still defined by race. I’m a white Latina, Peruvian Norwegian girl. I’m white on the outside, but feel very Latin on the inside. I don’t define myself as a Spanish, Native American or Norwegian. I’m a mix. People want to put a label on me. Unfortunately a lot of mixed people feel that others want to put a label on them. Personally I hate labels. Why do we need to be defined as what shows most of our genetic ancestry?  Mulatto children shouldn’t feel the need to straighten their hair to fit into a “white” society. And I shouldn’t feel the need to colour my hair dark or go to the tanning salon to fit the standard image of an Indian/ Native American. I don’t see the point in making racist remarks towards a mulatto saying he should go back to Africa. Many mulattos haven’t even been to Africa because they’re born here, and have lived here all their life.  And I’m tired that people assume you speak your father’s language (in my case). Not all mixed people are trilingual, by that I mean speak Norwegian, English and their other parent’s language. Why cant people see that things regarding your identity are sensitive matters and not something you necessarily want to share with everybody. Many think it’s okay and their right to dig into your ancestry because you’re different. I can assure you it’s not!
The truth is we’re becoming multiracial mixed countries, whether some like it or not.  I’ve worked in many kindergartens and mixed children are increasing, for instance we’ve got Thai-Norwegian, Arab-Norwegian, Hispanic- Norwegian mixes and also adopted Chinese mixed with Polish. It’s becoming more and more common, and therefore our mentalities should change. Norway is not a white country anymore; we’re a multiracial mixed country. If a mulatto wants to wear a Bunad (typical Norwegian Folk Costume), he or she has every right to feel comfortable in that type of clothing.  Because of the Norwegian society saying you have to be Norwegian I often forget that I’m a second-generation immigrant. And because nobody encouraged that part of me I just hopped on the Norwegian train and tried to fit in. But I always felt that something was wrong and that something was missing. A lot of mixed people have identity issues: like who am I, which race or what country do I belong to? Or which country would accept me more.  The truth is none of them. As a mix people will see that you’re different in either country, and unfortunately it will draw unwanted attention. Hopefully in some years race or ethnicity won’t be an issue, and what’s important is who you are on the inside. Being proud of who you are and not ashamed.
I want to thank all the mixed people, and people with different ethnic backgrounds that I’ve talked to about this subject. We are quite a lot of people who feel the same way about this matter, and it should be taken seriously.

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4 thoughts on “A multiracial mixed Norway

  1. Eg tenkte på dette seinast i dag, faktisk. Sjølv om eg ikkje har personleg erfaring med emnet, er eg likevel einig i det du skriv og skulle ynskje folk kunne vorte meir aksepterande og opne for endringane Noreg (og verda) går gjennom. Eg trur Noreg hadde vorte eit betre land hadde me vore meir inkluderande og villige til å vere eit fleirkulturelt land, det er jo ein flott ting å vere! Tenk så mykje me kan lære av kvarandre om me berre tar oss tid til å prate saman.

  2. Ja, ikkje sant. Men alle kan oppleve diskriminering på ein eller aen måte. Det er bare det at for de som er blanda så er det veldig vanskelig å finne et sted å høre hjemme. Og det er ikkje så mange som fatte det.
    Det var ei som reagerte på at eg brukte ordet rase, men eg fatte ikkje at det ska vær så tabu. Rasebegrepet er fortsatt aktuelt siden raseskillet fortsatt eksistere. Syns det er dumt at det er det folk kommenterer.
    Men takk nok ein gang for at du er så flink til å kommentere! Det verdsette eg veldig høyt!

    1. Ja, det er klart. Og ja, det skjøner eg godt at ein kan føle når ein har fleire kulturar og nasjonalitetar ein høyrer til. Ho reagerte gjerne på det fordi det er eit ord som har vonde assosiasjonar, men som du seier er det framleis aktuelt og strengt tatt biologisk korrekt, sjølv om eg personleg skulle ynskje det var nok å kalle oss menneske, at trass i forskjellane er me alle del av det same, men det har med korleis andre har brukt/bruker ordet «rase» som del av noko negativt og har ikkje samanheng med din bruk av det.

      Berre hyggjeleg. 🙂

  3. Of course, in the future will be only human and is ideal.

    The Norwegians were already mixed before reaching the modern immigrants, most of them had Mongol features, like many other Europeans, because Mongols invaded Europe several times.

    Even Arabs and mulattoes also entered Europe in ancient times and was already all European mixed.

    But identity problems not caused for the mixtures , the cause are the malignant comments and be mocked by others people. This the real cause .

    To fix this, people like you can do volunteer work to tell people that we are only human, and avoid problems.

    We are all mixed.

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