I’m An Individual NOT A Color!

Snapshot_20141023Nadra Enzi,
New Orleans, LA.

Anyone with eyes can see that I’m a dark Black man. That and a couple dollars might buy you a cup of coffee at a trendy shop. Two terms of Obama-inflamed identity politics makes me reassert a lifelong commitment to individualism. I’m not a one-size-fits-all person. The fact I voted contrary to 96% of my ethnicity in the last two presidential elections is one of many proofs.

The lemmings of liberalism marching off the cliff aren’t made cuter because many share my hue. Old school groupthink falls short of meeting the mark in a 21st Century America.

My robotically marching in a “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!” protest means downloading a mass delusion overlooking who is really shooting American Blacks with abandon. Some salivate over George Zimmerman’s latest arrest but can’t muster outrage over today’s death toll by “George Brotherman” much closer to home! As Martin Luther King Day nears, it’s once again worth stating that I’m an individual, not a color. Were I merely a color given human form, I wouldn’t write for this site because its owner and fellow contributors would have been dismissed as the enemy color, instead of individuals sharing the same values.

Dismissing Americans as enemies because their skin is lighter would leave me all the poorer in terms of my individualism. Look at the ethical poverty of racial collectivism and it’s all too clear why I’m an individual, not a color. Doesn’t mean I don’t know I’m Black. It means I know I’m ‘me’ and individualism, like traditional values, is infinitely more than skin deep.

Original post: http://www.theboldpursuit.com/tbp-journal/2015/1/13/im-an-individual-not-a-color.html

Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is a contributor to The Bold Pursuit, a security writer on touchy topics and an anti-crime activist. Cap Black Is Here! is his blog, http://www.capblackishere.wordpress.com

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  • christopherallen

    Just when I thought I was alone in understanding…thank you for sharing. I look forward to following your blog.

  • barry irving

    …you have much the same language as many Racists in your opinions of African Americans..a term that I noticed you don’t use. Black is a color and if you only see yourself as Black, then YOU like Whites are color caste.

    …Black like White is ..Regional Vernacular…Slang. it is a popular Race / Ethnic term that came into pop usage during the 60’s Civil Rights Struggle as a counter to White. White is connected to White Superiority in all of it’s manifestations, but all collected under one banner “WHITE” for all who can fit it! ( see Salon 1/9/15, “5 Reasons Why White Pride is always Racist”) White is not a Race it is a false ethnicity that is used ambiguously.

    …Black is also used ambiguously…neveer an indcation whether the user is referring to nationality ( Black ) or Ethnicity ( tribe or Racial Mix ) or Race ( original African Black ? dark brown people ) African American is a historically accurate Ethnic term. African ancestry, American birth place or citizenship.

    …if we are opposed to color negativity, then we need to reduce that primary use of Black as our Ethnic Reference. Officially, We are African American / Black as a secondary reference. Personally “blackness” is about the personal…how we transform negativity…that’s PERSONAL. Publically we have an automatic oppositional response to Black…that is inbred through Institutional Racism or indoctrination.

    …We have enough opposition as descendants of Slaves. We are the “one” unigue population with that History. The Irish were Slaves and became indentured servants mainly…they were not originally considered White…but now they are for Population advantage, so they don’t carry the same stigma as descendants of Slaves. They are White now. This is the farce of color identification.

    …You should try as hard to help and understand your people as you do to align with those who judge first and never ask the right questions or give reference to History and what it has always represented for people of color in America. All things happen within a context…the context of this example is HISTORY!

    • christopherallen

      so much insecurity, barry should go sit at the kid’s table while the adults eat.

      • barry irving

        …call it what you want..it’s the easy way out to trivialize my comments to CAP BLACK, the cartoon hero with the fantasy perspective…you follow that and you call me insecure?…

        …I call you foolish…

  • barry irving

    …um, love the hoodie…LOL!

  • barry irving

    @Christopher..CAP BLACK IS INTERESTED IN TOOTING HIS OWN HORN. In case you didn’t notice, he hasn’t answered you to revel in your praise and understanding. LOL HEY CAP BLACK…ANOTHER ONE WHO WORSHIPS THE GROUND YOU WALK ON!

  • barry irving

    …fellow NEGROES!

  • barry irving

    Don Cheadle…”you are what you must defend!”

  • barry irving

    ..hey Cap Black, om trynta git ma hussle on, an dese White Folk be trynta mess wit ma shydt!…Kinya fly ova an hep a Brutha out?

 

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