Sorry, I couldn't resist ... I'd personally reframe this as " ... and if one of your parents is white, you're not totally
black." I'd also add,If one of your parents is black, you're not totally white]
Why is my phrasing so nitpicky? Because the truth is we biracial folks are both things together and they can't be teased apart like that. Plus, often when I hear one of my fellow biracials saying "I can't be black
because [fill in the blank with whatever reason]" it makes me wonder if they even want to be black at all
. Not saying this is your thinking or the thinking you're promoting. But I think sometimes
this type of speech comes from hidden shame about being part black.