I grew up knowing this. Anybody not white, was Black. It was all about your features and the colour of your skin. The term Black encompassed all.. Indian, Palestinian, Brazilian.. even the Chinese. It was understood that the terms of race were white vs the rest - and although we referred to each other by nation and culture... ie Indian, Brazilian, Palestinian.. it was clearly understood it was US (Black) and THEM (white). I was born and raised in a multi cultural/lingual family, and my formative youth spent over various continents. This concept I describe above, of white and Black was never questioned - it was known, accepted, believed and relayed in most aspects of life. An example which I experienced multiple times - Put together an Angolan, an Egyptian, an Indian, a Chinaman.. we could argue forever - add one Irish man in the mix and the vibe of the room changes. We would collectively group in our commonality - we are not white. I did not recognize this for what it was at the time. I had never heard of the term White Supremacy, nor had I studied the politics of the world and the global marginalization of non white people. I was just living life. I moved to Holland a few years ago and was astonished to learn about the serious divisions amongst 'Black' people. Holland has a large Moroccan and Turkish population - thus to me, Black folk (not being white) - but lo and behold, they refused to be called anything but their nationality or religious affiliation. This threw me off.. the depth of racism amongst people I had always recognized as being culturally different, but still.. Black. With one common 'enemy'. Hmmm. Ok. I mentally redefined the term and what it meant to me. I turned to to the people who looked like me.. only to discover that I would have to redefine the term again.. and again.. and again. Needless to say, I wasn't happy - It sent me into a spiral of despair and depression - I felt I had lost a collective identity - not only that, my own upbringing seemed foreign to all, thus I had no connect to any people - as the definitions of being Black became so fine, I could not find my spot. Socially I was always 'foreign' and different - being Black wasn't enough to bond. I went into a concious period of learning (still in it) and destee.com was the one place I found a sort of refuge, as it is very diverse, community orientated - and so much knowledge to be found within - drops enough names and info for me to continue research further. I'm like leech just sucking it all up! I have learnt so much in the last year my library has quadruppled in size. I had found the true definition of being Black! African heritage was key - I learnt much about the African diaspora - ie the African American & the Euro-African, and the drive for 'Black' people of the West to obtain equality, recognition and empowerment. I understood Black as being a frame of mind, not only a colour. I have learnt that the language we use to communicate in contributes to our own marginalization - I have learnt that almost all we see, eat and hear feed this racial divide. Mind control. Add the direct physical attacks on Black people from the powers that be to your next door neighbour - and you know we are in serious strife! I'm picking up my battle axe here! I just dont know where to aim it, and why. I am not Black - I am African - which is ironic, because I have always been African (Zulu). Thus, I am Black. Sounds like an identity crisis - hahaha - it isn't. I have come to the conclusion that the modern day new 'Black' Man is fighting a battle within a larger battle - which is my old school 'Black' man. The aim remains the same: to eradicate white supremacy. The new Black man I can understand the desires, but the desired result are not global solutions as long as other "races" are being marginalized. The old school Black man I understand - wiping out white supremacy - but in order for it to be "just" it needs to include all non white people - who dont want to be Black. The more I read/learn the better I am able to define my own path within it all. I thank all members for dropping their knowledge and thoughts here. If you got his far, thanks for reading my emotional purge Zulile eta - content may change as new informatoin becomes available - that's the joy of personal development - haha!