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The Rise of Multiracial Black Americans: Prologue

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Day-Day, Day-Day!  Get the door.  You don’t have the door, you are on this side of the door and you need to be on the other side.

Just get-get— whatever but remember if you see someone white give us the sign, aiiight?

Okay,  I called us here today to discuss what we are going to do with what seems like a mass defection from being labeled “black, just black”.

Now, this is different from days of old when we had those who claimed “Indian blood” in them.  This is an all out movement, reminiscent of the northern migration of the 20th century where people left behind what they knew in search of something better.  And perhaps we always knew that this would happen or at least we always feared it would happen.  And now its coming to fruition with not only biracial but blacks with some white in them asserting their multicultural heritage.

Before there was no where for most of them to go; “black is black” was the oft-repeated reminder whether you are coal black or an octaroon.  Like the joke, what do you call a black man with a degree from Harvard?  Nigger.  They’ve wanted to leave, they wanted to quarter off from off but the one-drop rule has made believers of us all.  Even when they looked more white they were black and we have made blackness the coolest thing on the planet.  Everyone wants to be black although they don’t really want to be black.

Now black ain’t just black, it’s “I’m African-Swedish-Irish” or “I’m Chocataw-Taiwanese-French and black” or it’s “White and Black”.  It’s Blasian.  It’s Latina/Latino.  It’s Blackanese.  It’s everything but the heart of Africa.  And no, we don’t all necessarily look like our brethren across the way but it was all we had.

So now, here we are sitting on the edge of what could possibly be a new fangled version of color apartheid and we have to decide where we go from here: browbeat multiracials into submission and revoke their black card until they pledge allegiance to the blackness, forsaking all other ethnicities or go forward with a reworked image of heritage, abandoning the old idea of racial parity for new demands of economic and class rights. 

Are we gonna be more worried about how Halle Berry decides to classify her baby on the 2010 census tract or be more confounded that a lot of dark people seem to be at the bottom of the economic rung.  The former is a lot easier to fight if you ask me.

But who gains what if we go that route– Day Day, what the (bleep) are you doin’ back on this side of the door.  Oh, what?  White folks? 

Okay everyone back to your places.  Remember the party line: Barack Obama is a good thing for America overall, the CNN Black in America is now for sale, and don’t forget y’all stay black!

Deuces

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Written by rentec

22 August, 2008 at 2:00 am

Posted in blogging

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  1. I agree with you. I get tired of people exotifying their racial/ethnic background. It has the stench of “desperate to be different” wafting from it. Almost none of us are pure anything. You need several hyphens to describe your lineage. So? How does that benefit any of us ordinary folks who are not presidential candidates or super models, other than the claim to multiple heritages?

    However, it is not just black folks. I recently had a convo with the co-moderator of my blog about the old T.V. series Kung Fu. He said that the role was intended for Bruce Lee and that folks were up in arms when it went to David Carradine after Bruce’s sudden death. Perhaps that is why Carradine for years never dispelled the rumors that he was happa–which he is not. Oh but wait–you must read what the Wiki says about his background:

    “Carradine was born John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine.[1] He is the brother of Bruce Carradine and half-brother of Keith and Robert Carradine, as well as the uncle of Ever Carradine.

    Carradine has Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian and Cherokee ancestry.”

    It appears his ancestry is everything BUT Asian.

    That’s descripton is quite a mouthful. Why not just tell the truth?
    “Hey, he’s a white guy.”

    Maybe he enjoys the mystique of a multi-racial background… Who would have thought we’d get to the day where plain old white was too boring to be considered cool.

    I think that day just may have arrived.

  2. (Corrected version)

    I agree with you. I get tired of people exotifying their racial/ethnic background. It has the stench of “desperate to be different” wafting from it. Almost none of us are pure anything. You need several hyphens to describe your lineage. So? How does that benefit any of us ordinary folks who are not presidential candidates or super models, other than the claim to multiple heritages?

    However, it is not just black folks. I recently had a convo with the co-moderator of my blog about the old T.V. series Kung Fu. He said that the role was intended for Bruce Lee and that folks were up in arms when it went to David Carradine after Bruce’s sudden death. Perhaps that is why Carradine for years never dispelled the rumors that he was happa–which he is not. Oh but wait–you must read what the Wiki says about his background:

    “Carradine was born John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine.[1] He is the brother of Bruce Carradine and half-brother of Keith and Robert Carradine, as well as the uncle of Ever Carradine.

    Carradine has Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian and Cherokee ancestry.”

    It appears his ancestry is everything BUT Asian.

    That descripton is quite a mouthful. Why not just tell the truth?
    “Hey, he’s a white guy.”

    Maybe he enjoys the mystique of a multi-racial background… Who would have thought we’d get to the day where plain old white was too boring to be considered cool.

    I think that day just may have arrived.


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