“Racism is not dead. It’s not. And that’s why this film is so important. To understand American society today, it starts with these kinds of stories, and the fact that they haven’t been dealt with yet. There’s work to be done. There are apologies that need to be sought and apologies that need to be offered. And that’s on a political level and a social level and an individual level and a communal level”
African Americans have one of the most ignored/forgotten, disrespected, yet grossly appropriated cultures in America.
There is an African American flag
(among some variations) and African American celebrations such as Juneteenth and Kwanzaa (observed mainly by African Americans). We have our own dialect (AAVE), popular cuisine (Soul Food), and forms of traditional dress, some of which are manifestations of our [West] African roots: Kente cloth, dashikis, church hats, etc.
In regards to the biracial inquiry, many, if not most African Americans, even if they come from two Black parents, are “mixed” somewhere down the line in their ancestry. Many of this mixing occurred during slavery, when White men would rape and/or have illegitimate children with their Black women slaves. A smaller percentage of African Americans are of some American Indian ancestry, as a result of interracial marriage (a few tribes were known to take in runaway slaves) and/or enslavement by the American Indians (a select group of tribes were known to own Black slaves). This history of mixing with other races and cultures is usually what the people who say “we’re all mixed” are referring to.
However, personally, I find that comment annoying, in the same way that I find “we’re all Black” and “we’re all human” annoying; it’s a rather pretentious attempt to invalidate the other person’s argument/comment. There is a difference between being mixed in your immediate ancestry (like, in my case, having a Black mother and a White father) and being “mixed” “somewhere down the line” by some supposed ancestor you don’t even know truly existed. I mean if we’re really all mixed then you should be marking nearly every bubble on forms asking for your race/ethnicity, or better yet get rid of all racial/ethnic labels and just call everyone “mixed”. If I took a DNA test tomorrow and found out that I have a small percentage of—let’s just say—indigenous Mexican heritage “somewhere down the line”, sure, I’m going to find it interesting that I learned about a new aspect of my genetics, but I’m not going to go out and claim every culturally Mexican thing under the sun. Know your genetics, definitely, but respect cultural boundaries if you know you have no real ties or connections to that racial/cultural community.
- admin c
R.I.P Juanita Moore (1914-2014)
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