Like in the case of Miss Georgia. If you are like me, and don’t follow beauty pageants, you might have missed the fact that Miss Georgia is hapa. See this story: The Biracial Belle.
The gist of the story is, "Hey, look how great Georgia is! Not like long time ago when everyone was segregated. Now we are a diverse place. Yeah, us! Don’t think we’re backwards cause we’re in the South. Did we mention that segregation stuff was a long time ago?” This builds to a crescendo that ends like so:
People can change. Regions can change. Nations can change. Pageants can certainly change. And Georgia can win.
(Miss Georgia didn’t win, in case you were wondering. The new Miss America is Miss Oklahoma)
For more on this topic, check out this story, Multi-racial Dream, by Claire Light, a Hyphen founder and a former editor for us. Claire refutes the points made in a article called “What Are The Strengths of Interracial Families,” which has a wow-isn’t-it-so-great tone smiliar to the Miss Georgia website. The story presents interracial families as perfect, super-families.
Claire sarcastically writes:
See, this is why I’m glad to be biracial. All of you monoracials out there are just people, but me? I’m a magic pill on legs. Doesn’t matter if I never lift a finger in my life, even to pick my nose. Like Haile Selassie or Frodo Baggins, I was born to a higher purpose: to end the racial problem by erasing it.
She also addresses the fallacy of the wonders of color-blind societies (or raceless ones, for that matter), and why positive stereotypes of Asian Americans are not OK. It’s a good, interesting read.