Post Number: 54
|Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 02:43 pm: |
Will I respect your opinion I don't believe in playing the "What if" game!
What if slavery never happened...........
What if White people had never oppressed us............
What if we hadn't had to create our OWN commnunity.............
I WANT TO DEAL WITH THE REALITY OF AFRO-AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT THE 'WHAT IFs'.........nobody is allowed to travel back in time to change the past!
I want to deal with reality! Like the reality that millions of Afro-American children grow up without cultural standards because a few hundred Black American leaders want EVERYBODY THEY CAN counted as "African-American" to increase their own political clout!!!
Blacklioness, you seem to think this issue only deals with "Black" people. Well it doesn't. We share this country with non-Blacks. And unless we are allowed to SEPERATE and Distungish ourselves from FORIEGN PEOPLE we will eventually become "non-BlackS". With Black being used as "African-American" and "African-American" being without STANDARD what exactly will hold us as a people? Is anyone connecting the dots here?
You think simply defining yourself as being of "African descent" is a STANDARD? Mariah Carey is "of African descent". So is Vin Diseal and Lenny Kravitz! So is Sammy Sosa, and the little North African girl in my school! So is Wyclef Jean the Hiatian! (Do you notice yet how different these people of "African descent" are?)
I can't see how something so clear to me is so unclear to everyone else!
I see it as this! If I can't tell a Sudanese stranger that he is not "African-American" I will never be able to tell my mixed raced cousin that she is not "African-American". What you can't tell strangers you won't be able to tell family. Therefore community standards are never established and everyone continues to live disorganized..........
P.S.- Mexicans make up 68% of the Latino/Hispanics here (reguardless of race). I've also seen the census numbers for Hispanics about Half checked their race off as WHITE and a little under half check their race off as SOME OTHER RACE. Only 2%, yes 2%, considered themselves Black! So please don't try to go include them in the never ending alliances Afro-Americans have with "all people of color".