I decide if I’m “black enough”.

kelly-1001Kelly Wickham,
Springfield, IL.

When I was born the white nurse told my mom that “mixed” wasn’t a category and she put “white” on my birth certificate, but my mother knew she’d be raising a child that the world would identify as black and she raised me as such.

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5 Responses to "I decide if I’m “black enough”."
  1. Tim Phillips says:

    you do not look black OR white, why is there no mulatto option?

    • barry irving says:

      …mulatto is a Slave term!

      • Tim Phillips says:

        i wasnt aware mulatto was offensive in any way, i just thought it meant you were mixed black and white, because just saying “mixed” could be anything, east asian and indian, arab and african, african and polynesian, etc etc

        my bad if it is offensive

        • barry irving says:

          …Gotta stay up on the race terms and those that pass…we are African Americans…mixed race is a
          generally accepted term because there are obviously may mixed races…Mulatto is from the spectrum of Slave terms, which mean Half African / Half European…there is also Quadroon or Octoroon, meaning 1/4 and 1/8th –

          …there is no such terminology for other than European / African mixes.

  2. barry irving says:

    …go further to be enlightened. Black and White are both social constructs…not Races!

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