Regardless of their physical features, attitudes and so forth, “white” folks are pretty much very easily identified as being white – (save) white-looking Latinos and other ethnicities that appear to benefit accordingly. As a secondary note, whites also seem to be extraordinarily preoccupied with being as white as they can possibly be – in looks, in attitude, in dominance and otherwise – (save) tanning themselves into the nearest skin cancer treatment center – “I told you so”. What white folks ‘have’ done though, is to successfully separate themselves from the great masses (i.e., the world’s people of color) by defining a standard so rigid and narrow that anyone who doesn’t meet that standard would never be identified or classified as “white” in the general populace and in any sense of the word. On the other hand, “blacks” by definition, come in all skin tones, physical features, hair textures and the like, and are reared from and within many different cultures. Additionally, it’s been well argued that those who are more “black” looking go out of their way to ensure that those who are not, are by default associated with being “black”, in any context. Therein lies the rub, and growing hostility as well, much to the chagrin of those who injected the phrase “African American” into the equation. At this point, “African American” was not a factor. Does one speck (i.e., subject to interpretation) of “black” blood really make a person black? Does heritage? Does ethnicity? Does culture? Does belief? Albeit, in regards to race, “black” has been transformed from being a mere skin tone association to being a major deficit of cultural, ethnic and aptitude traits associated with inferiority, and not lacking thereof. American “blacks” (i.e., U.S. [and non-U.S. for that matter]), if you want to call them that, are slowing evolving into a non-black non-white aggregation of so many ethnic roots that it’s becoming virtually impossible to tell who’s who and who’s what. Living in a race conscious society, those who desire to escape from their “blackness” (who ever they may be) and are at first glance “black” in no figment of the imagination, are now feeling threatened. Those, who are the byproduct of a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, resent being held back by what they perceive as the “black once, black always” movement. In any case, the divisions have grown. As a result, some serious infighting has evolved within the white-assigned white-recognized “black” community, and it’s growing at an ever-increasing pace. Though few of us are really what one would consider truly black by color, enough of us by definition have now become preoccupied with privilege as defined by the “white” standard of life. In the end though, it will all come down to socioeconomic status and class rather than race alone, but in the meantime – all of us need to start looking down the road to the world of tomorrow instead of handicapping ourselves by the events of the past. Time itself, is going to dictate how successfully people of color undermine the prevailing “white standard”. You don’t have to be black to not be white, but you do have to smart enough to know who’s black.