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beaconess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-10-07 07:21 AM
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72. Who says anyone MUST embrace one ethnicity over another?
Edited on Sat Feb-10-07 07:24 AM by beaconess
No one has forced Obama to identify himself in any particular way. HE has chosen to self-identify as black, just as Tiger Woods has chosen to self-identify as multi-racial. Why not just respect how HE chooses to identify himself and leave it at that?

A person of mixed race who is, by all appearances, black is certainly not off-base so identifying themselves, especially since the rest of the world will stick him into that category anyway.

In fact, most blacks in American, with few exceptions, are technically mixed-race, thanks in large part to the fact that slaveholders weren't as anti-miscegenistic as they claimed to be (at least when it came to their own proclivities). But for all intents and purposes in America, if we have enough black blood to darken our melanin, we are black - and treated as such by the rest of the country (often the same people who then complain that we call ourselves black).

I've always been amused when white people (and I'm not saying you do this) get upset when blacks characterize ourselves as black or African-American or anything else, as if it was US who invented racial classification. Since we were dragged to these shores, blacks have always been singled out - and in most cases, completely defined - by our race. We were pickaninnies, darkies, coons, colored, negro, black, nigras and worse, when all we wanted to be was just "American." But after a couple of centuries of being called everything but our name, we finally said, "OK, if we're going to be defined by our race, WE will decide what to be called." Over time, the term "African-American" became the description of choice for most (although not all) of us, used interchangeably with "black."

And lo and behold, we are now consistenly bombarded with complaints from whites who demand to know "Why do you separate yourselves like that?! You're not from AFRICA! Why not just say AMERICAN?"

I think it's pretty hilarious.
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