No, I am not an oreo.

S69bdOlgSarah Staples,
Nashville, TN.

I grew up in a predominantly white community in a city that was predominantly black and hispanic or latino. My best friends were always white, my parents made me study classical piano for 12 years, I played soccer, I read Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and I went to boarding school. No, I am not an “Oreo” (black on the outside, white on the inside). I’m black, specifically Caribbean American, and calling me “white on the inside” is actually saying that a person can’t be wholly black and enjoy things outside of the stereotypical “black culture.” You don’t need to explain my personality or interests by ascribing a race to it. Don’t cast me into whatever mold your debilitated mind compels you to put me into. I’m not an oreo. I’m a person. My name is Sarah. You may refer to me as such.

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3 Responses to "No, I am not an oreo."
  1. barry irving says:

    …I am Caribbean too from the small Antilles. My people came here in the 1930’s and their only aim was to work and assimilate. So they were well equipped to navigate America ans most Caribbeans of that generation did. They were Western styled ans schooled, but they were and are African people. Culture and identity was never an issue to us. Having a family that can adapt to another culture and keep their heritage is valuable. It free you to do what ever you like.

    …Africans have their Classical arts and Rich Noble Society too. So class and culture are not White inventions. White and Black are false terms racially…they do not distinguish between race, ethnicity and nationality…all different.

    …White is not just a Race… it is designed to say better and that’s a fallacy.

    • maria says:

      I agree whole heartedly. White was not designed to describe a race but to separate and distinguish good from bad, upper class from lower class, and to think as a Jamaican my skin is brown! Not even black! And Caucasians are peachy not white. So using black and white to describe a race is ludicrous because we are not these colors. I was adopted by a Caucasian family

      • barry irving says:

        …I am a business owner too, with a degree in my field. I am a professional advocate so I bring the truth no matter how it is taken. If people did some personal work on their issues, things would be a lot less confrontational!

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