Am I Black Enough For You?

meKatherine Barrax,
Sherman, TX.

I grew up in a house with parents who both went to college. I was reading before I entered kindergarten, and I was always corrected when I spoke incorrect English. So my entire life people have said “you sound white” or “you’re not really black” because I speak like an educated person, and because my skin is lighter. The sad thing is the people saying stupid things like that were black people. How can an ethnic group be so brainwashed that they become prejudiced/racist against their own members? #tiredofthestupidity

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  • Renee

    I totally feel you and I’m dark as I don’t know what. To be honest, I’m not worried about cutting ties with all black people if it came to that. The ignorance is overwhelming and I refuse to deal with it. Even in college, there are black kids on my team that didn’t know when the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement were. I just don’t understand. Don’t worry, you are not alone.

  • barry irving

    …they is YOU!…first you should examine the term Black…a color caste race based term just like White. Am I Black enough for you?…what does that mean?…are you a color or are you an ethnicity that represents you and your ancestry?….you are African American…African Ancestry ( historical Diaspora ) and American nationality or place of birth. Be progressive. If you are mixed then you are truly a universal being made from two or more peoples..embrace that. The Color negaativity is somethinf that both Dark skinned and light skinned people do. You have to find your place where you feel comfort and affinity without being brain washed and ignoring your Genetic ancestry. If you have no history and are just Black, White or just American then you sacrifice too much. we all came from somewhere else and that place is what places us in historical perspective…develop thick skin. Those you ridicule you see your power and want to bring it down…that’s life in the group!…evolve past it and be better for your self. Nor better than others, better than the negative assumption or criticism!

 

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