Twitter user and New York City-based writer Jaya Sexena was tired of being stereotyped for being biracial. She was tired of comments like "you look biracial" and tired of others who are of mixed race like her feeling like they're not enough.
She tweeted about the grievances that biracial people have to deal with and decided to start a hashtag to combat them.
"Okay, this might be weird, but let's start a project. It's called she tweeted. "Among many biracial/multiracial people I know, there is anxiety over whether we look enough like what we 'are.' We are made to feel like we're not 'enough' for our heritages, we're not 'really' any of them, because we don't look one way or another. Or we're made to feel we have to choose, but often that choice is made by others who look at us and think they know who we are.
I want to show, and for everyone to know, that there is no one way for biracial to look."
She shared a picture of herself with the hashtag and kicked off the trend.
Soon others joined in and in less than 24 hours, biracial people from all backgrounds — black and white, Asian and white, etc. — shared selfies of themselves, too.
They all used the hashtag #biraciallookslike.
And they're all diversely beautiful.
More Americans than ever identify as being mixed race. But a recent Pew study found that 55 percent of people who are of mixed races reported being the subject of racial slurs or jokes. With the population of multiracial people climbing, increasing by 50 percent within the last 10-plus years alone, that just shouldn't be the case.
This is why they want others to know exactly what #biraciallookslike. So that they no longer have to explain themselves.
Or answer to "You do/don't look biracial" ever again.
You'll just know.