Singling Out Mixed Kids

Listen as mixed race students describe their experiences in school being singled out and bearing the weight of expectations to speak on racial or cultural topics because of their “mixed-ness.” Teachers have called these students out, put them in the spotlight, highlighting aspects of their identity and, by asking them pointed questions, make these students teach in spaces where they are supposed to learn.

I just remember feeling very pointed out in that moment because everyone looked at me when he asked me that question. And I just felt really on the spot.

The interviewers ask the students what they wish their teachers knew or wish they could tell them. The students respond with a variety of hopes and strategies they employ to make sure they aren’t singled out. For example, one student keeps her hand raised so she doesn’t give teachers the opportunity to call her out.