I was inspired to start this blog by a malicious and completely inaccurate comment from a ‘hater’ on another blog. This person, who was female (or posing as one) claimed that “biracials” were, for all intents and purposes, the enemy of Black people in America, because they had “no allegiance to their ancestors and people”. Apparently, this person believes that “biracials” should only acknowledge the “ancestors and people” that are of African descent and pretend that the rest do not exist.
She also stated that anyone who was capable of loving someone not of their ethnicity / culture MUST hate themselves, and this made her “sad”. Lol.
My perception of this person (and the many others like her) was that she saw “African American culture” as nothing more than a group of people who have varying degrees of African ancestry giving one another the paper sack test. And if you cannot pass, you are (in their eyes) the enemy. You are the ‘other’. You are to be hated and feared.
This thought process is not only non-productive to the interests of African-Americans, but creates an atmosphere of degradation and criminality for the sake of acceptance by the ABCs (Acting Black Crew).
I’ve known more than a few “biracials” who were willing to do drugs, drop out of school, commit crimes guaranteed to land them in prison, have illegitimate children with worthless sperm donors whose only desirable attribute was very dark skin, etcetera and so forth, just to prove that “they were down”, or at least not “tryin’ ta be better than a n*gga”. Smh.
The “biracials” who do reject the idea of being “Black” or “African American” (based on those I know) are actually rejecting the idea that they have to live in a certain neighborhood, eat certain foods, pretend to to be ignorant of just about everything useful, give up higher education, wear their hair a certain way, give their children pseudo-African names, speak Ebonics, and pretend that their non-Black family members do not exist. In other words, they refuse to pay the cost of admission that the ABCs seem to feel they are due. Thankfully, not all African Americans feel the need to live their lives the ABC way.
I have always rejected the idea of a circumscribed ABC life, where I must lower my standards to zero and pretend to be someone I’m not. That is not how my parents raised me. BUT I still consider myself to be African American / Black American / “Black” (whichever you prefer), despite my abhorrence at what now passes for “African American culture”.
All of the African Americans that I associate with as an adult feel the same way. Even those who were raised by ABC parents have grown up to reject the life destroying philosophy, that being your individual self is somehow a betrayal to the “Black race”.
For those unfamiliar with the term, the Acting Black Crew believes that there is only one authentic way to be Black, and it’s neither life-affirming nor dignified. Sadly, they have adopted their sense of identity as African-Americans — and the cultural construct they are supposed to originate from — by watching slyly racist comedies, crime dramas and dramedies with one-dimensional, stereotypical, and (if female) FAT Black characters produced by Hollywood, for big profits and maintenance of the status quo. Any Black person who dares deviate from the stereotypes that the ABCs are comfortable with is deemed by them as “acting White”, “being bougie”, “selling out the race” etcetera.
( Note: The word “bougie” is intended to mean the same thing a bourgeois, but is an insult against Blacks who have the mettle to succeed professionally and otherwise.)
Now, if what constitutes “African American culture” is really nothing more than a group of people who have some African lineage banding together for the sake of preserving their similar skin tone, then yes, it can be argued that those who are lighter than acceptable levels (whatever that is) are outsiders, and those on the inside have every right to ban them. BUT when you have a real culture, one based on shared values, beliefs and traditions, no one — regardless of pigmentation — can diminish those values, beliefs and traditions by being born lighter (or darker) in complexion than the average person of said culture. Legitimate cultures bond those who share it.
I suspect that those who fear the “biracials” secretly fear that they have no real culture, and if, someday, there are fewer and fewer people around who look like them, they and/or their children will end up being socially and politically disenfranchised as a result.
One of the benefits of creating a real culture — a wholesome, life affirming and empowering culture that we can pass down to our children and their children (regardless of their melanin levels) — is the elimination of the fear created by the tenuous nature of a culture built on nothing more substantial than paper sack testing.
These are my views, my beliefs. What do you think?