Mulattea is a blog written by Skye Haynes. Her posts explore mixed identity, feminism, race, religion, and privilege.

Why Representation Matters

Why Representation Matters

In my last piece I talked about colorism and how it's partially caused by a lack of representation in the media. Whether it's T.V shows, newscasts, or even Youtube videos, the truth of the matter is that they further marginalize groups that are already pretty marginalized to begin with.

Let's take it back.

Growing up, I set weird role models for my life. I wanted to be like the pretty white girls who dominated television. Some of my favorite shows: That 70's Show, The Nanny, Friends. What all those shows have in common is that they have no black people. On top of that, I was really into anime in my childhood. How many black anime characters can you count? Are they main characters? 

So it was a little weird when I wanted to look like Fran when I grew up, and thinking about it, it makes a little more sense in why I wanted bangs with straight hair so badly. It doesn't help that I'm mixed, because in that train of thought I always figured I had the potential to look like that. Long straight hair, lighter skin, lighter eyes.

Representation shapes everything. Your body image, your behavior, your dreams, your #LifeGoals.

It's absence ruins those things.

Instead of harping on that, I'll show you some great examples of representation in the hopes that it brightens your Monday. I know here in Maryland it's real stormy today, so maybe this'll make things a little more sunny:

1. Politics: President Obama

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An excerpt from Michelle Obama's DNC speech:

Let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls but the children across this country. Kids who say, “I saw you on TV,” “I wrote the report on you for school.” Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, Is my hair like yours?

2. Entertainment: Princess Tiana

3. Sports: Simone Manuel 

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4. Entertainment: Home

Das it for today. In recent news for myself: I'm no longer an editor at College Magazine! My last day was Friday, and I am so, so excited to fully embrace my new position as a social media manager for the Stamp Student Union Food Court at the University of Maryland. I'm going to keep the link for my CM articles up in the side bar for a few months, and eventually move it into my "About Me" page. If you haven't checked out my last couple of articles for CM, what are you waiting for?

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