Allocating funds to the creation of comparative ethnic studies and culturally intersectional courses would allow these students to explore the nuances that come with intersecting cultures and would offer professors the opportunity to explore and pioneer a field of study that is largely underdeveloped.
— Editorial Board
Op-ed | UC Berkeley’s struggle to highlight mixed identities perpetuates colorism, prison-industrial complex
UC Berkeley, as a higher-education institution, is a part of this greater system of calculation, erasure and totalization of race. Even though — and especially because — UC Berkeley is an elite university, students can acknowledge the school’s connection to and perpetuation of racist systems.
— Miranda Mosley, UC Berkeley senior
It is unfair to expect Black mixed students to erase their non-Black identities in order to conform to a single ethnic label. Yet, this is often the experience for Black mixed students.
— Katrina Bullock, UC Berkeley sophomore
The idea of assigning a “primary race/ethnicity” to a mixed-race person is problematic in and of itself. The way mixed-race folks identify with our different racial and ethnic groups is fluid and ever-evolving, and to assign every one of us our most “underrepresented” race in the UC’s eyes is a disservice to our own ideas of identity.
— Gen Slosberg, Executive director of Mixed @ Berkeley Recruitment and Retention Center
Comparative ethnic studies scholars remind us to trace how racism breathes through the terribly mundane rhetoric of the everyday. Such everyday talk doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it affects different communities in specific and related ways.
— Keith Feldman, Associate professor of ethnic studies
All of my mixed friends can relate in one way or another to this pressure to choose — the pressure to act or present themselves a certain way when with certain groups or this general sense of nonbelonging.
— Tara James, UC Berkeley junior