Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity

Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.


In this video from Evoking the Mulatto—a multiplatform project exploring black mixed identity in the United States—young people talk about the words used to describe their mixed race heritage and how those words affect their lives and sense of self.

Of course, the question is twofold. How do mixed race people perceive themselves, and how do others perceive them?

With video interviews and an extensive timeline of racial classification throughout U.S. history, Evoking the Mulatto gives viewers a glimpse into the “gray area” of biracial identity.