Tyrell Joe Grisel,
Fort Collins, CO.
Love your six words! I find it difficult to stomach the notion that because your skin appears of a certain tone, you are perceived by others as either the same or different. Socially speaking, you are what others choose to see you as. But genetically speaking, you are simply an individual like the rest of us.
…wow, people think that they can define someone straight up when a person has a combative self definition. He’s entitled to work it out without you wrapping things up…sheesh!
…Tyrone in my opinion you are addressing two different things, maybe more. The name designation is your given family first name. That’s not up for debate.
…”Half Black” is a harsh way to refer to anyone. Today people use accepted terms like Mixed Race. Mr. Obama uses the term to describe himself, but generally he calls himself African American because his father is African and his mother is American Jewish. African American also applies to African American descendants of African Slaves.
…socially speaking, people can and will have their perceptions about who or what you are. YOU also have the final say because all you have to do is set the record straight, politely ( sarcastically if necessary ) and that’s it.
…Genetically he is his ROOTS first…( because Genes don’t lie ) his personal definition next – ( for whatever reason, sensible, invented or uninformed ) that’s Constitutional right. After that, all opinions may or may not be engaged…it all depends on how you behave.
… It’s about certainty which you first have to figure out. Then there is no combative stance because you will have found a more effective and affirming view of yourself. People don’t usually dispute that wall of defense in social settings.