Did you know that March 26th is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day? What is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, you may ask? Well, it is a day on which you can literally make up a holiday. You can choose a person, animal or thing and celebrate it.
Considering recent events, this day could not have come at a more opportune time. Since March 26th is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, I say that March 26th is Multiracial Day, a day devoted to celebrate all persons who are biracial or multiracial. It is a day to also celebrate the parents of the multiracial offspring, who sometimes have had to fight for the very freedom to love a person of another race. It is also a day to celebrate the achievements — big and small — of all multiracial individuals in this country.
Furthermore, multiracial day is a day that serves as an important reminder of the very cornerstone of this country, which is that this country was not founded or established due to one man (Columbus!) but the growth and establishment by everyone of varying cultures and ethnicities. America is all about people of different races coming together to live in harmony and that is what Multiracial Day should honor and recognize.
But most unfortunately, Multiracial Day is not a real official holiday in America. The closest that I’ve seen is June 12th, or Loving Day, which is marks the point in which the ban against interracial marriages and relationships was lifted. There is also a Mixed Race Day on June 27th, but it is an official holiday only in Brazil.
It is only Multiracial Day today because I made it so due to the powers vested by Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. But wouldn’t it be better if there was a Multiracial Month and not just a Multiracial Day? Here are the 5 reasons why we need an official Multiracial Month in America.
Normalize the multiracial experience
There is a Black History Month (February), an Asian/Pacific Islander Month (May), Native American Heritage Month (November), and a National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), but there is no Multiracial Month. We spend three and a half months of the year celebrating people of African, Asian, Native American, and Latino/a Heritage. We also spend one month celebrating women. And yet, there is still no Multiracial Month.
Of course, I understand that multiracial people still isn’t a dominant group in America. In fact, only 3% of people in America self-identified as multiracial in 2010. I am certain that that number is higher today in 2021 with the growth of interracial families. I am also certain that it is probably higher than originally estimated considering that not everyone identifies as biracial or multiracial due to either personal choice or being coerced to choose one.
Regardless, however, of what percentage of multiracial people there are in this country, we still need a multiracial month. We need a Multiracial Month so that this growing group of multiracial people can finally have a sense of being official. With a Multiracial Month, we would no longer feel pressured at having to choose one of our parents’ races, and we wouldn’t have to identify as that ominous ‘other.’ With a Multiracial Month, we can finally just be who we are. By making a Multiracial Month official, we would also normalize the multiracial experience, just as we did for Black History Month, Asian/Pacific Islander Month, Native American Heritage Month, and National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Escaping racism and finding safety
Once a Multiracial Month finally becomes official, we might have a chance at escaping white supremacy and racism in all forms as we acknowledge that America’s greatest assets lies in the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of its people. Only by recognizing this in an official way, we might finally have a chance to feel safe in America. Otherwise, when things aren’t official or the norm, then people tend to get ostracized. And we’ve all seen what has happened when people are repudiated simply because of their skin color, religion, ethnicity, or heritage. Those people have gotten physically and emotionally attacked, as well as raped and killed, all because of something that they could not help.
Celebration of those who live on the fringe
Those of us who are multiracial know this well. When you are multiracial, then it is like living on the fringe. When you are multiracial, you are quite often never white, black, or Asian enough. You are often stuck between two or three worlds. It is as if your very body is a bridge. Half of the bridge is in one “world” and the other half is in the other “world.” This bridge keeps getting pulled in both directions, but never does it manage to fully integrate itself into a world. Instead, it is stuck in that sort of medium. That is why we need to celebrate and recognize those of us who have went through the struggle of trying to fit in. We need to honor multiracial people because, though we are a part of the mainstream racial categories, we are also very much a part of our own thing. We are also just multiracial, just like we are also just white, black, Latino/a, or Asian. We should no longer live on the fringe of society.
Celebrate the legacy and achievements of multiracial people
Just like we honor the legacy and achievements of people of African, Asian, and Latino/a descent, we also need to celebrate the legacy and achievements of multiracial people. By having a Multiracial Month, we can do just that. We can remember those who have also struggled with their racial identity, and yet, against all odds, still managed to be an influential person in society. Whether they made a small difference, or big difference, it doesn’t matter. All contributions that have been made by multiracial people should be recognized, honored, and remembered. Where would we be without the music of Bruno Mars? Where would we be without the actress Jennifer Beals who starred in Flashdance and The Book of Eli? Where would we be without the abolitionist Frederick Douglass? Where would we be without the songwriter and singer Amerie? And finally, where would we be without the Vice President Kamala Harris? All of these multiracial people, and more, have either contributed to our entertainment, livelihood, or safety. All multiracial people have been an inspiration for many, mixed race or not. Having a month that celebrates the achievements of all multiracial people is an inspiration for future generations of multiracial people and all that they can accomplish.
Unite all Americans
And finally, we need a Multiracial Month so that we can finally and officially recognize the Melting Pot of America as the greatest asset of America. Multiracial Month could also ultimately encompass not just people who are products of interracial relationships or identifies as such, but as a month that recognizes and honors the contributions of every race.
By acknowledging this, it is one short step until perhaps all of these stupid racial designations for people can be abolished. By making a Multiracial Month official, we are not just honoring and respecting the contributions of multiracial people, but are also paving the way for the possibility of America finally being united as one. Instead of calling people White American, African American, Asian American, Latino/a American, Hispanic American, or Native American, we can all just be American. The only thing that these classifications does is to divide people when really we should come together as one, as people of one nationality.
With the natural proliferation of biracial and multiracial people in this country, I strongly feel that we need a Multiracial Month. We need a Multiracial Month to honor, to respect, and to understand those who have struggled with their racial identities, so that we can finally normalize the multiracial experience. By normalizing the multiracial experience, we are saying that it is okay to be mixed race. By having this positive proclamation about being multiracial, we would finally have even an ounce of possibility at finally getting rid of racism, hatred, and prejudice. By having love towards everyone, no matter how different they may appear to be, we are slowly eradicating the country of hate. And ultimately, I hope that as we normalize the multiracial experience by underscoring the achievements of multiracial individuals, there will come a time in the future when we can all just be American.