THIS IS A POST FOR PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS BLACK OR ARE MIXED WITH BLACK

Okay, I’ve been warned by multiple people, not to write this, because I will be vilified. And, I tried to let it go out of my spirit, but I couldn’t. After a particularly difficult conversation, with people who identify as “bi-racial” or “multi-racial” where I was told over and over, I was wrong, I really wanted to drop it. I really did!

But the thing is, racism is real, and it can not be eradicated unless we talk about it.

And, part of racism is self-hatred. I love Black people. But we, Black people, have bought into this idea that Black= Bad and White=good. Or Black=ignorant and White=smart. And, that is dangerous! I will never apologize for defending Black people and what I perceive as negative stereotyping of Black people. For sure, racism is real. Racism against Black people is real. So, if a Black person, which is what I call, and the world calls, people who are mixed with Black, says something that is negative about my Black community, I feel it is important to bring it up. However, Black is a huge umbrella term that includes anyone who has Black blood. So, we are all in the same Black community.

James Baldwin says, “IF I LOVE YOU, I HAVE TO MAKE YOU CONSCIOUS OF THE THINGS YOU DON’T SEE.”

I am sure there are minor things that happen specifically to mixed-race folks that they can bond over. That doesn’t mean all mixed-race people are a new race. Mixed-race, is not a racial identity. There is not a shared culture. I am currently trying to change the designation on school forms, that currently allows students to identify as “mixed-race” or “multi-racial” a category. Why? Because it is harmful to Black students. Black students, regardless of their mixed heritage are experiencing racism and inequality at schools. So, having Black students, identify as “mixed-race” instead of Black, dilutes the data. We can not track racism adequately, if we have Black students, identifying with students who are Asian and White! There is a difference between someone who is Japanese and German, than someone who is Japanese and Black, especially when that Black comes from the enslavement of Europeans. (#teamNaomi)

Similarly,there is no real shared cultured with Latino, Asian, and even Arab, it is only used as an umbrella term to gain political power as a group, in America. So, no, you can’t equate racial experiences with the other experiences, you described.

Honestly, I want all Black people to know and love themselves. We are so broken and have so much to do to relate better with one another.

Here is a brief, and sadly incomplete list of all of our self-hatred issues:

  • Black men against Black women 
  • Black educated against Black uneducated
  • Black militants against Black pacifists
  • Black Christians against Black, well, every other religion but Christian.
  • Black African Immigrants verses African Americans
  • Dominican Republic Blacks against Haitian Blacks
  • `Latino Blacks against non-Latino Blacks
  • Rich Blacks against Poor Blacks
  • Light skinned Blacks against Dark skinned Blacks
  • Chicago Blacks against Detroit Blacks.
  • Southside Blacks against Westside Blacks
  • City Blacks against Suburban Blacks

Literally, this list could go on forever. There are so many ways that Black people hate other Black people.

The generational trauma, due to racism and slavery, is real and different. I work to help Black children and Black people get liberated from oppression. And, that includes Black people who have been oppressed by other Black people. Or Black women who have been oppressed by Black men. But we are still BLACK! I guess, my final comment is if you don’t want to be Black, or don’t like being called Black, or you dislike your personal Blackness, cool. There are lots of people like you. But it is not something that should be encouraged. What should be encouraged is Black people figuring out how we can get along better with each other and fix our community. So, best of luck to whoever wants to identify as bi-racial, and not Black. In the spirit of James Baldwin’s quote on love, and I love all Black people, I’ll say, be careful.

White racism is real. White people are racist. America is racist. So, best of luck, identifying as non-Black, but bi-racial, equally Black and White. Hopefully, you can be one of the first minorities to avoid racism. But, lucky for you, if and/or when, you experience White racism, the Black community, me included, will be here to support you. Even if you don’t want to claim us now, and instead believed there is a post-racial America that doesn’t consider anyone 1% Black, a nigger when racism comes to you, Black people will have your back. Ask OJ and Tiger Woods.

Black people, we have to love each other! We have to do better! We have to heal from the legacy of slavery. I love you, Black women, that’s why I won’t let this go. No, you can’t write off your blackness, in favor, of bi-racial.

You are Black.

You can have White relatives, White partners, and White friends, but you are still Black. Further, your White partners, White relatives, or White friends are not, exempt, from being racist and participating in White Supremacy, just because they are with you and/or birthed you. You, Black person, will still receive racism and oppression.

No, you are not the same as other mixed-race people of non-Black heritage. No matter how light or dark you are, we are still Black! Let’s love who we are and stop the spread of self-hatred.

Racism is deeper than self-identifcation and individual experiences. And, all us, need to go deeper, to heal.

2 thoughts on “Why I Am Against The Racial Identification as”Bi-Racial” For Black People Mixed With White.”

  1. Why, if you’re biracial, do you ‘default’ to being black? If you have a 100% white mother and a 100% black father, you’re 50/50. Why not say you’re white? Rhetorical question because you ARE both. You’re just as white as you are black. You should be both! And proud of that. You said “white people are racist”. That is a ridiculous statement. Some white people are racist just as some black people are racist. Your post makes me think you’re racist. You’re a human being like me and like every single other person in the world. That’s enough… Race just shouldn’t come into it at all.
    I’m probably 75% black and 25% white. But I’m from BOTH races. Not just the one. I don’t care in the slightest. I’m a human.
    Most African Americans have other races in them. There aren’t many 100% black people in the US. But who cares. I guess the reason some come to be of mixed race is horrible (I’m referring to the horrible period of slavery when 100% black women were raped by white men, or to a lesser extent when 100% black men raped white women). They made another human.
    People should stop talking about race because every one is a human being at the lowest common denominator.
    Race should be irrelevant. We’re all unique and that’s the amazing thing.

    1. I agree 100% with Johny. You put so much emphasis on race without reason and make the most irrelevant points I have ever heard. If someone is 50% white and 50% black they are not black. By calling them black you are being ignorant of their white heritage AKA racist by denying them of the right to celebrate their heritage and telling them that they are only one. If a child is born from the womb of a white woman or was made with the sperm of a white man how can you possibly be so ignorant as to say they are black, the statements you have made here in this blog are ridiculous and are a good example of how racism is not exclusive to white people. It’s like to say if someone is German and French they should just identify as being one. Very stupid. I hope you go and take a class in human genetics, despite what you say a human from 2 different continents with one parents being of African origin and the other being of European origin will always be mixed and nothing else.

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