I am very mixed (Black, white, Native American) but generally just consider myself "black" for simplicity's sake. Genetically, I am a mutt (Native American varies from Asian to mixes similar to Russian, filtered through lotsa generations of open-air living which produce darkened skin.) My sister considers herself "multiethnic" which is her right. I could give a damn, but understand that part of my public definition has to do with communication to others. Whites usually just consider me "black" and that is certainly what the definition has been throughout American history (down to 1/8th, you could still be sold). In any purely logical sense, I'm just a mixture, but the sociological definition has been clear for hundreds of years. My self-definition? I'm Steve. The rest of it is interesting but archaic labels many racists (black and white) fall into from old programming. Cool. A label isn't the thing itself. I contain multitudes, as do we all.
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Friday, April 02, 2010
Posted by Steven Barnes at 10:11 PM