Black People : Black enough for you?

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  1. story

    story Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ok...how do you know when someone isn't "black enough?"

    I'm up in Harlem and I stop at a table to get some Black Soap...here goes the brother, "Whatchoo know about that?" and he was dead serious...no joke...

    ok...what do I need, an afro with the pick and fist at the top? a dashiki? dreads?

    Why do we have to seem black? why is it when kids speak proper english they sound like a white kid?

    What is a black person but a soul clothed in dark skin?

    What is with this proving one's blackness?
     
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    Alkebulan Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    judgement call

    i used 2 fall n2 that trap on a regular basis when i was younger. so & so isn t really dwn w the cause, & so on. gradually, i ve com 2 realize that accusations, finger pointing & outward directed evaluations r much ez'er than rigorous introspection. thats not 2 say that i don t sometimes lapse, even 2day, but i usu am able 2 catch myself from falling n2 that trap.

    besides, there r plenty of folk walking around dressed n daskiki & dreds w processed minds, so who am i 2 judge?
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    I so agree wit Dr.Parker and again who am i to judge !!
     
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    story Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I hear you Dr.
     
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    medusanegrita Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Well I'm sure the militant black nationalist experts can answer this one. Let's see if they will. I doubt have answer now as any did in 2002.
     
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    that whole u aint black enough is just bull crap and another way to keep us divided.i dont have to wear my hair a certain way to be black enough.i dont have to dress or think a certain way to be black enough.if anyone was to feel that way about me i wouldnt care.i refuse to try to fit into other people standard.
     
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    Unfortunately ignorance swings both ways.

    I'm from Harlem too. Born and raised. Some African-Americans don't know a lot about African products, culture and religion.

    I think it comes down to lack of exposure on the part of both parties.

    Some Africans don't view AA's as legitimately African and lazy, and some AA's view continental Africans as backwards and un-civilized.

    Ironically some of the same perceptions were prevalent among AA's and Afro-Caribbeans over 60 years ago

    Time heals all wounds
     
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    Frankly

    I have said "what you know about................." many times. It doesnt mean I think "you" dont know anything about it, it is a conversation starter for some. Now Im not saying in THAT persons instance..that is or is not the implication...that they are questioning ones blackness..but in place of getting a chip..one could ask the person.."what do you mean by that?" and erase all doubt.
     
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    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    We have masta to thank for the division, mission accomplished we are doing his evil work for him:whip:. Personally, it was hard for me to be accepted, I was too dark for the light skinned and too proper for the dark skinned. Honestly, it runs so deep in many of us that it may only be improved but never eliminated. Which is another reason why black history and literature is so important and it's a shame that it isn't a required subject or even an option for many primary and high schools.
     
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    :fyi: ain't none of yall black enough for me......

    :SuN049:
     
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