How To Decide If You’re Black

An interesting article is highlighted in the sidebar to the right, which I am providing the link to right here. A very interesting, short read about how the writer is tired of people who wish Obama were identified as Mixed or “bi-racial” instead of black. He details in his piece the criteria he uses to determine if a person is black.

In a nutshell, though you should read the piece, he thinks if you are perceived as black then you are black. A very simplistic notion, but nevertheless, one that many people use.

Let me say again, as I have before on that argument, the only problem with that is that it would also mean it is o.k. to call yourself anything you want if you look a certain way, say Mariah Carey, can say she’s white since she looks white for the most part. And that thinking is also problematic because it means others will decide for us who we are and why in the world would anybody give up that kind of power to strangers?

I don’t get it. But read his piece here.

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3 thoughts on “How To Decide If You’re Black

  1. Jaimie says:

    I really like the first 3 paragraphs of this article. after that he ruins his point.

  2. Earnest says:

    I understand what you mean. There is definitely some validity to what he’s saying but he kind of takes a turn and goes off the deep end.

  3. Shirl says:

    I liked the first three paragraphs also, then it was as if three or four articles rolled into one….or something. Maybe he was in a rambling mood…..

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