I first heard the word, Blaxican, used in a conversation among my daughter’s middle school friends. Their new friend had met only my husband and assumed that he was Mexican. Here’s the conversation:
New Friend to my daughter: I thought you were Mexican like me.
Old Friend to new friend: No, she’s Blaxican like me.
Daughter to both friends: No, my dad’s just White.
I thought the whole thing was very funny and filed the word away for use at another time.
As I was outlining characters for my current WIP, I saw a chance to use it. Jasmine Ruiz became the twenty-year old niece of the heroine, Grace Anderson.
Grace describes her niece as having an impudent mouth that most mothers would slap. Jasmine’s character acts as an impetus for Grace’s internal dialogue bringing up questions that Grace would rather not answer. Jasmine also serves an example to the reader of a self-assured bi-racial woman who has embraced both sides of her ancestry with pride.