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View Diary: Why? CNN and NPR Present a Potpourri of Tragic Mulattoes Before a National Audience (285 comments)

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  •  Have A Question Chauncey. (0+ / 0-)

    Are you saying that folks who are mixed race (part black/part whatever) who choose to ackowledge their mixed ancestry and identify as such....are wrong in doing so?

    I am just trying to get what you are saying here.  Are you a person who says "If you are even part black, then identify as 'black'"?

    •  people should do what they like (3+ / 0-)
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      however, this choice exists in a social and political and historical context. it can also be held up to critical scrutiny.  in this society a "part black" person is black. i also have little use for fictions of "mixed race" identity which suppose that there are "pure races" and these mulattoes and other mixed race types are something new or novel.

      There is only one "race" the human race. The majority of black people in the Americas are "mixed race" already. Why the need to create a buffer group that is closer to whiteness? I get the choice strategically, i.e. selling out to access white privilege. Folks have done it throughout recent history. It is no less contemptuous and cowardly, even if it is understandable on a basic level.

      •  The term (2+ / 0-)
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        WB Reeves, Oh Mary Oh

        race is what's wrong, as in biracial. As you say one race the human race.
        To myself, I am who I am. My children are descendants of kings and slaves and rabbis. French and persian and black and white, Jewish and moslem and christian and baha'i, they are who they are, a result of a mix of cultures and nations and religions. My daughter is always offended when asked where she is from. She is identifies as Canadian and Montrealer and colored and she and her sister and brothers like every part of their heritage.
        I am always interested in finding out how people identify themselves. Very fascinating. Like saying Italian for kids who are 3d or 4th generation in Canada. Boy are they surprised going to Italy.  We are all more than what we think our identity is.

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