BLACKNESS, WHITENESS & MIXED-PEOPLE : "A WHITE MAN IN AFRICA IS PERMITTED EVERYTHING, BUT WHAT IF YOU GO TO EUROPE ?" What does "black" defines ? Does it gather people with a black skin all over the world - and then, which shades of black ? Does it characterise Afro descendants?
Are mixed people included in the notion ? The status of people with Black and Ehite parents is troublesome. Within the Black community they can both be considered as Black and White. In the White community, they we'll mostly be considered as more or less Black.
The skin color is a reason for considering them both Blavk and White. Yet, they share issues with both Black and White people. Within the Black community, they can be rejected in some situations for not being Black enough, or automatically associated to the privileged social category. And thus, White people generally consider mixed people less Black. Yet, they are still not included in the group, and thus compose a category different than those of Black and White, despite sharing(my point of vue) more similar issues with Black people than Whites.
That leads to different questions. Can mixed people claim their Black ascendant? I would answer yes. Saying no would reduce the fact of being African or Afrodescendant - which are already very different - to physical appearance. But your life, your education, your feelings, have an influence on which you are.
Plus, I believe that accepting to be defined by our skin tone acknowledges the order that those who discriminated and discriminate us is. We all belong to a place, and all have the right to.
Some people are Black but don't share the same issues or don't think they are concerned. It's their right. In the other hand, some people may be lighter, may feel African or Afro-American. I believe skin tone shouldn't be the only way to judge people culture/group. We only do so caus' "whiteness" became the norm. We shouldn't willingly make it our norm.
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