"You Aren't 'insert race here' "?!..
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Join Date: Apr 2002
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
black." I'd also add,
If one of your parents is black, you're not
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
. Not saying this is your thinking or the thinking you're promoting. But I think
this type of speech comes from hidden shame about being part black.
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