I am not just African American.

20141127_095045Erica Watts,
Arlington, TX.

Growing up, I believed that I was all African American. My mother was African American and so was my brother and that is all I needed to know, to know that I was African American. However, as i got older, people began to question my ethnicity. Some claiming that I looked nothing like my mother (who people assumed was from Africa due to her skin color). I started to look at my family and began to think if I even belonged there. I was the only one on my moms side with my color. Everyone on my mothers side, such as cousins, aunts, grandmas, made it seem like I was an outcast. I recently go in touch with my dad and his side of the family and was only then to realize I am not fully African American. I gained knowledge and learned that I have as much as 7 different ethnicities within me, in my DNA. I’ve grown to love myself and all the different genes my DNA makes up. Now when I see that “Check race/ethnicity box” I dont just check “African American” I check what I am. Even if that means checking every box on that form. I will not be categorized or subjected to check only “one or two”. I will check all that applies to me! If you can not accept that, then you are not accepting me and I will not be there to let you tell me otherwise. I know who I am. I am not just African American. I am Erica. With all my different ethnicities and self worth.

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  • Ahanu Wajih-Bey

    Black has no standing at law. There is no black land or Africa America. The definition of black according to the federal govt is any person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. There is no such thing as black racial group from Africa, people identify by their tribe or country i.e. Nigerian. The definition of White is any person having origins in any of the original people of a North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Key words “original people”. Science has already proven the first people on the planet where dark skinned Ethiopians [misnomer-Africans]. There is documented evidence that Africans where traveling to and from America 56 thousand years ago. Look it up stop believing the propaganda the Tv and school told you. We are the copper colored people that where here before the redman. Everyone came from darkness. They got y’all misclassified as black because it doesn’t connect you to a group of original people, thus you are considered less than human by voluntarily calling yourself black African-American= negro /economic slave. Black and white are social status that have nothing to do with anthropology. You to emotionally caught up in wha you think is your blackness to make the necessary changes to operate in this commercial world . You want human rights not civil rights….you can’t get them if you black only indigenous people have human rights.

  • Ahanu Wajih-Bey

    Black has no standing at law. There is no black land or Africa America. The definition of black according to the federal govt is any person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. There is no such thing as black racial group from Africa, people identify by their tribe or country i.e. Nigerian. The definition of White is any person having origins in any of the original people of a North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Key words “original people”. Science has already proven the first people on the planet where dark skinned Ethiopians [misnomer-Africans]. There is documented evidence that Africans where traveling to and from America 56 thousand years ago. Look it up stop believing the propaganda the Tv and school told you. We are the copper colored people that where here before the redman. Everyone came from darkness. They got y’all misclassified as black because it doesn’t connect you to a group of original people, thus you are considered less than human by voluntarily calling yourself black African-American= negro /economic slave. Black and white are social status that have nothing to do with anthropology. You to emotionally caught up in wha you think is your blackness to make the necessary changes to operate in this commercial world . You want human rights not civil rights….you can’t get them if you black only indigenous people have human rights.

 

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