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Old 12-20-2012, 03:45 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by CurlyCarmenCurly View Post
You have a right to your identity, and if one of your parents is white, you're not black. Simple.
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.
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