Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mixed Roots

Welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons, a segment where four artists take turns delighting you with their whimsy, facts and punchlines on Saturday mornings! Our four esteemed cartoon critters are Cameron GlavinAnna BongiovanniMegan Prazenica and Sarah Rosenblatt. Today’s cartoon is by Sarah! Click to make it bigger!

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Sarah’s next comic will ask the big questions on June 28th.

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Sarah Rosenblatt

Sarah has written 6 articles for us.


  1. “…and many aspects of my life feel so conflicting and a lot of the time navigating different worlds and selves can be confusing.”


    also, this: “HMM, am I too white to go?”

    I am half white and half black. And I would like to point out that I just spent the last 2 minutes deciding whether or not I should use the word black or African-American – like I don’t even know how to take ownership of my own identity. See, conflict.

    Despite growing up in an area with a lot of other mixed race people, everything felt/feels very polarized. You were either considered black or white based on varying factors that had nothing to do with the facts and that designation determined whether you hung out with the black kids or the white kids.

    Let me just say that it’s fucking exhausting to feel like you never quite belong no matter what group you’re in.

  2. Thank you so much for this. It’s great to see people talking about this struggle.

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’m currently on a rotation at school where of 5 people we have one white guy, one half black guy, one indian woman, one mixed native american woman, and me (one half central american woman). We’ve talked a lot about how the school should be taking pictures because we are the perfect diversity photo-op (when you know our background), except most of us are light skinned white passing mixed people so the school doesn’t take notice.

    We make a lot of inappropriate jokes, but also call each other out when they go too far talking about someone else’s race/ethnic background. It’s rare that I feel comfortable both making these jokes and calling people out for saying inappropriate things.

    It’s nice to have people to share the mixed experience with.

  3. really liked this. you are a connection between those dots of history. thank you for a well-drawn and succinct way of putting part of your story across.

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