I asked this in an Afrocentric Facebook group, but I’d like to hear from you guys too… What are your thoughts on the word “Mulatto”? I learned the word for the first time in high school as part of the history of colonial North America (the different distinctions the Spaniards gave people based on lineage).
On top of the word itself, there is the social implication even in the 21st century for Black/white mixes. I have to admit that even though I am of mixed ethnicity, I still stop for a half second when I see mixed couples. I don’t get angry anymore about Black men (like my father) getting with non-Black women (like my mother). It’s just this deeply ingrained knee jerk reflexive response. (I’m sure the people who know me and know that only 50% of the guys I’ve dated weren’t Black would be surprised to know I ever had that response).
But back to the question at hand, how do you react to the usage of the word mulatto? Is it different when you hear it from a Black person than when you hear it from a non-Black (like with the n-word), or is your reaction universal regardless of who says it?
PS… I have still been posting daily Black History Month posts on my “official” blog: http://afrocentriqueaz.blogspot.com/