I’m not African American but still black.

Khemani G
Orange, NJ

It bothers me sometimes when I am filling something out and the race box says only African American when I am actually Afro-Caribbean. Although there is a difference between the two culturally I feel they are both united by the concept of blackness. Something that was once frowned upon but now can be used to unify people across the world in the African Diaspora.

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3 Responses to "I’m not African American but still black."
  1. Team Woodlawn says:

    I’ve always wondered about that perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Shirley Hicks says:

    Thanks for that. It bothers me that I must check the Caucasian box or “white”, as I grew up defining myself linguistically (different country, different divides).

  3. Dave Willis says:

    This had never really occurred to me before but it makes perfect sense now that you’ve said it.

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