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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 09:02 PM
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54. That's where she loses me, too. We all have different life experiences. Some of us are Oprahs and
some of us never live a day outside the hood. So who is the bonafide 'black'? Obama's ancestors may not have been slaves, but how in the world does that make him not black, except according to that woman's own stereotyping criteria?

I don't know, I just look at it a whole other way. I see myself as one with all the oppressed people of the world throughout all of history, from the slaves of biblical Egypt to Chinese female babies in the 21st century, to Native Americans decimated to make this nation, to the Irish who suffered the 'potato famine' and sought refuge here, to the Armenian victims of genocide at the hands of the Turks 100 years ago, to Jews in the Holocaust, to gays who are driven to depression and suicide, to the people left behind after Hurricane Katrina. To me, they are all my people. I've got all of their backs. There has been so much oppression and persecution, who am I to say anybody hasn't suffered the right way or long enough to belong to my club? And who the hell is Debra Dickerson? And what the hell is her point?

No one group has cornered the market on suffering, and neither has she. And if someone is fortunate enough to never have known oppression and can still identify, then I consider them my brother or sister, too. There is just no need for this divisiveness, not for this lame reason anyway.

I wonder if she considers C*ndi black.
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