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Revisiting Dr. Maria Root’s Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage

By Adam Ortiz, MRN Incoming Chair

I am a big fan of proverbs. The amount of wisdom and experience that can be conveyed in the space of a single sentence can provide an overwhelming amount to contemplate. Proverbs are so powerful that many cultures use them to articulate their fundamental values. The problem with proverbs, however, is that their brevity can lead to their being forgotten or underestimated.

Though it is not a proverb, I often feel as though Dr. Maria Root’s Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage has similar qualities. This document, comprised of only twelve sentences, addresses struggles that multiracial people consistently face. It does so in such a small amount of space that I imagine most people have to read it multiple times to understand its gravity. Read the rest of this entry