Rashida Jones' Racism Struggle

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Quincy Jones' actress daughter RASHIDA has suffered racism throughout her life, because she is mixed-race. The 32-year-old has a black father and a white Jewish mother - actress Peggy Lipton. And Jones claims her looks have alienated her from black and white social groups - particularly at Harvard University, where she was turned away from an all-black sorority. She says, "I definitely learned my lesson. I'm back to that place were I'm like, 'You know what? I'm black, I'm white, I'm Jewish, I'm Irish, I'm Portuguese, I'm Welsh, what the f**k ever.' To me it's so inconsequential. "People still say things to me like, 'Oh my god, you're black? I would've never guessed that.' And I just think, I can't help your ignorance. There are bi-racial people who look like me or who look like Alicia Keys or who look like Halle Berry. I'm so proud to be so many things."


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Rashida is right on. My mother African American Baptist, my father Russian Romanian Jew have been together until death did she part. I struggled growing up in my own family dynamic and trying to live peacfully with my own siblings then top it off with the rest of the world who would challenge who I am. For a long time it felt like I was fighting for my life and I got really bitter. I had to work real hard to get back to that loving kid that got picked on while I was growing up in the late 60's early 70's. My mission now is to remind everyone that we are all one. It does not matter where we came from and when you look into our homes we all still have the same family relationship challenges, it doesn't matter what color your skin is. Yes, I wrote about it. It is a theater piece running in New York City called- Random Sharp Objects: The Story of How I Got the Past Out of My Ass. We're all one! Peace and BlessingsEsther
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