On the other thread Khaliqa asked me a few questions on being bi-racial, and being in an inter racial marriage. Since that thread was on a different topic I will move my answers here.
Khaliqa, I do consider myself black, and can never remember a time I self-identified as anything else. I can't remember a time when I ever wanted to be white.
From an academic standpoint, many sociologist state that race is determined by self-identification as well as those external to the "group" identifying you. Because race itself is an artificial construction and a fairly recent human phenemon used to create psychological, sociological and economic heiarchy, and reinforce group identity from some standpoints I can understand why a 'bi-racial' person chooses to disengage from blackness. I don't agree with them however.
I have always used the "Klan Test" as an analogy. If the Klan was coming down the street hanging black people, could Tiger Woods or any other 'mixed' person with pronounced black genetics mixed with another race be like, "Wait a minute, my mother is white, so I really am not black".
We are what we are, and we operate in an environment. Saying that that environment does not exist, does not make it not exist, and therefore for mixed people to disengage from blackness does not make them 'un-black' unless they really look white and can totally pass, and they don't self-identify with black. Figure this, since all folks came from Africa, where did the concept of white come from anyway?
This doesn't mean that I don't acknowledge my white heritage and family. It also doesn't mean that being half white didn't color my experience nor world view. But it is my identification with blackness that has being the primary shaper of me as a person and as an operator in this environment.