Why do you have hazel eyes?

JSW-08-nprJonscott Williams,
Gilbert, AZ.

This is the question either asked, or thought but unasked, by people both Black and White. This is connected to the assumption that one of my parents is White … neither is, though an early ancestor was. Some Black people have questioned whether I was “Black enough” … some Whites have told me that they don’t “see” my race, as if that is a complement. As I’ve gotten older I realize that race is a construct, an encompassing method of identity with unwritten rules that we all seem to think we know.

 

Why do you have hazel eyes?

JSW-08-nprJonscott Williams,
Gilbert, AZ.

This is the question either asked, or thought but unasked, by people both Black and White. This is connected to the assumption that one of my parents is White … neither is, though an early ancestor was. Some Black people have questioned whether I was “Black enough” … some Whites have told me that they don’t “see” my race, as if that is a complement. As I’ve gotten older I realize that race is a construct, an encompassing method of identity with unwritten rules that we all seem to think we know.

Why do you have hazel eyes?

JSW-08-nprJonscott Williams,
Gilbert, AZ.

This is the question either asked, or thought but unasked, by people both Black and White. This is connected to the assumption that one of my parents is White … neither is, though an early ancestor was. Some Black people have questioned whether I was “Black enough” … some Whites have told me that they don’t “see” my race, as if that is a complement. As I’ve gotten older I realize that race is a construct, an encompassing method of identity with unwritten rules that we all seem to think we know.

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