Chrissy Teigen snubs the nose of a professed white supremacist and flounces away with her superstar black husband and multiracial child; Pompeo calls up her black husband and children to deflect criticism.And yet, very similarly, both position interracial relationships — implied in Teigen’s case — and multiracial children as the antidote to racism. ” Teigen meanwhile tweeted to her followers sans @reply, “Hey guys, just conversing with a literal nazi over here wyd,” followed by “Nothing I could say will piss him off more than the fact I have a black/asian/white baby. As she stated plainly, nothing could rile a white supremacist like a child so multiracial her identity requires two forward slashes.A month prior, Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy summoned her black husband and mixed children in a similar maneuver, if under slightly different circumstances.And when we closely examine how we talk about multiracial people in comparison to black people, antiblackness certainly seems to be in play.A ready example would be the difference between how Blue Ivy and North West are discussed: two adorable black daughters of celeb royalty, one who most neatly fits a multiracial aesthetic ideal and one who doesn’t.This evidence, of course, relies on the heteronormative assumption that these couples will produce genetically diverse children, and the children really are future.
“Being fearless in an interracial marriage,” one reads; “The consequences of liking black guys,” says another.
“Monstrous intimacies” is what Christina Sharpe, professor of English at Tufts University, names the spectacular violences that made and maintained the regime of slavery within ordinary spaces by “ordinary” activities, such as sex.
The frequent and permissible rapes of enslaved black women, these endlessly repeated brutalities, have afterlives in the form of transgenerational trauma and the ways we currently talk about race.
As though optimism is transferred onto an aesthetic preference, the race to a multiracial future beckons: Don’t worry about the current political climate because in the future we will be hot, and if everyone’s hot, racism won’t matter.
So, there’s a lot of cultural investment in these couples and children of the future as the future, politically and aesthetically.