Where we fit and the categories we are allowed to fit into are not decided by us. The boxes and the categories are not made for us. They are carefully crafted by the media and politics and money and power…in order to make more money and power.
I made Mixed-Race Mixtape for us. For the ambiguously brown, beautiful, intelligent, inspiring, multi-dimensional, authentic, complete.
We need to reclaim ourselves: our identity(s), our authenticity.
And then we need to take a stand. Today. Preferably yesterday. Definitely by tomorrow night.
When you turn on the news, do you see yourself in the faces of those being killed? Do you see yourself in the faces of those in the streets, challenging police officers, protesting violence, marching for justice? I have come to see my face in those faces and maybe you do, too, and maybe you’re scared of what might come with that realization.
This is what I realized: We are not safe. Our culture, identity and future is not safe. Our skin tone, our money, our degree, our privilege won’t protect us from the taking of our lives, languages, communities and our power–our right to self.
And the beautiful thing is that in realizing our insecurity, we realize our solidarity.
This is what’s at the center of Mixed-Race Mixtape.
Who am I? What am I? Where do I fit? Where do I want to fit? Answering these questions will take our entire lives. I’ve written down one chapter of mine and turned it into a show. I believe people like us need Mixed-Race Mixtape to grow individually but also together. We need to find our connection to these movements happening in order to want to be a part of it. Mixed-Race Mixtape is my story of exploration, understanding and self, and I’m confident that it can make a big difference in the emotional and political lives of so many others. I need your help to do this.
For all of these reasons and more, I believe Mixed-Race Mixtape deserves your donation and support. Please give what you can and spread the word. I can't wait to show you what I've made for us.
Andrew "Fig" Figueroa