Black People : Colorism: Still Alive and Well

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    {sigh} this author doesn't get it. Blacks have been forced to form an African-American identity because white America never have and never will see them as just Americans! And while we do have the issue of colorism in our community, what the hell does that have to do with how we decide to label ourselves? All people of color have colorism issues... it doesn't stop them from proudly proclaiming they are such-and-such American.
     
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    Yes, we "Do" get it. /Blacks have been forced to form an African-American identity because white America never have and never will see them as just Americans!/

    In this regard, blacks are still awash in a derisive "state of mind" that has done nothing more than expend valuable intellectual and cultural capital on assets of no progressive value, distinguishable merit, or discernable meaning. Go ahead and label yourselves - like right out of existence.
     
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    How is a label going to cause us to go out of existence? If anything considering ourselves just 'American' and fully assimilating into white culture is what is going to cause our extinction.

    And blacks are in a derivisve state of mind? It seems like you are pointing the finger at the wrong people. Blacks are labeling themselves because white culture does not view them equally. And this is not black people's fault... it's their fault for being so ******* racist and thinking they're God's gift to the human race.
     
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    it will never die , they view us as alwayz not americans
     
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    "Existence" is relative, and considering one's self to be just "American" does not force assimilation upon any one group. As long as "black" America continues to deny all of its roots (i.e., multi-racial and multi-cultural) to the benefit of its African roots, it will likely be handicapped in its quest to succeed in the only country it can truly call (for better or worse) its own, the United States. As for labels (defined), they are nothing more than aliases. And, as far as being a true American, one only needs to ask the American Indians what they think of that.
     
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    Hello Fromthehip and Welcome to Destee's!

    I'd like to invite you to Become a Premium Member so that you can add a signature as you share in the many discussions found here.

    I've noticed also, that you have posted this thread twice, which is against our forum rules. I will delete the other post and leave this one as is, being that others have already responded in it. Perhaps you can take the time to review our forum rules.

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    Well said Karmashines!
     
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    Ralfa'il Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Karm

    Respect

    You know...

    That's why so many of our brothers and sisters in Latin America don't see themselves as part of the black family anymore.

    Unlike America that kept us separate and distinct allowing us to develope our own culture, Latin America incorporated all of their people regardless of their African or Indian background and they no longer considered themselves black.
     
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    And so it goes.
     
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