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Reply to "Who is Black????"

The history of Black men and women in America has made race a relevant issue. To look at how other societies view one another and deal with one another and compare it to America dealings with the Black man and woman will not prove anything. Most comparative judgments render the result desired by those doing the comparison or there would be no comparison.

The history of America dictates that anyone who is not Black gets better treatment than black folk. This is demonstrated in the treatment of the world's people who have migrated to America. The distinction between the Black man and woman in America and the rest of the world holds true when dealing with our Brothers and Sisters from the Islands and from any country in Africa. Yet, it was our struggle for freedom, justice and equality that made it possible for most people to come here and be treated fairly. Who is Black and who is not may not be relevant in many other parts of the world but it is, and will be relevant in America for as long as there is an America.

There has always been a perceived benefit for not identifying oneself as Black. While there is no question who is White there always seem to be a question who is Black. Do not be fooled by those who wish not to be classified as a Black man or woman. Who would want to be identified with a people with a history like the one we have in America. The refusal to be identified as a Black man or woman from America as stated earlier has infected the minds of Black men and Women from other parts of the earth.

While today in America and around the world you have "culture bandits" and people whom take on the characteristics primarily held by Black folk. They all realize they are not us but they love the perverted culture we have developed in America. When a Black person chooses not to identify himself or herself as Black in most cases it is to not identify with those things commonly associated with being Black in America i.e.. Slavery, Speaking slang, Ebonics, listening to rap music, being a militant, Benefiting from affirmative action and having what white folk refer to as a Victim attitude. While the rest of the world continue to imitate us in art, style of dress, music and speech they have the benefit of not being in Black skin. We can look at their imitation as the highest form of admiration but we know they don't want to be us; they want to be anti-establishment, which is imbedded in our culture hence "culture bandits".

The NAACP and other Black organizations refusal to support the check box for "Mixed" people are strictly political. It does not have anything to do with the "one drop rule" or any other historical ways of judging who is Black and who is not Black.

The Black man and woman in America is not as monolithic as we once were as demonstrated on this board. We have become a people divided along religious, political, and ideological lines. Assimilation has been the enemy of the Black man and woman and still is the enemy of the Black man and woman. When assimilation happens the dominant culture takes over and those who are not part of the dominant culture become part of the dominant culture. Assimilation by choice or by force is unnatural. The individuality of the Black man and woman in America must press on until there is No America.
The source of the continued divide in America can be traced to the continued refusal of America to do right by the Black man and woman. When America truly atones for their past and current evils only then will the healing process begin for us all. Until then people like myself will always be a thorn in the side of America and those who identify as Americans.

The objective of the interacialvoice web site is not to help the cause of the Black man and woman in America, it is to show how those who are hybrids are not Black and should not have to identify themselves as Black. In their effort to not offend Black folk they have to say they are not white either. However, the reason the issue of being mixed have become an issue is not based on mixed individual not wanting to be identified as white, it is their refusal to be identified as Black in America and having all those things that are part of that attached to who they are.

By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

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Your Brother Faheem