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Are you racially fluid?

Are you racially fluid?

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  • A part of me cringed while reading this, the idea of race becoming a choice simply because it is a social construct does not sit well with me, neither does eliminating race all together. These kind of conversations always find a way to be about black people, yet somehow still forget about black people

    A part of me cringed while reading this, the idea of race becoming a choice simply because it is a social construct does not sit well with me, neither does eliminating race all together. These kind of conversations always find a way to be about black people, yet somehow still forget about black people. The concept of being black may have been created 500 years ago, but we would be remiss not to recognize it as an ethnicity now--you can't begin to tell black Americans: get on ancestry.com find out where you're from and that's who you should be now. That's not conceivable, or possible, for most black people and it should not be expected.

    Furthermore, this has always been my hang up with adopting the notion of all social constructs being fluid--I could be more sensitive about this than I am about gender because I am a black man but my race isn't a choice. I would argue that how I act within the confines of my race is, but the "I identify as white or black" thing is virtually meaningless unless others perceive me that way. Eliminating that perception all together solves nothing, all it does is disregard the ways in which my race has determined the plateau of my life to this point and ask me to "be better" because that is no longer a factor.

    Also, I do not know or pretend to understand the struggle of mixed race individuals but I would argue that most are less able to choose their race than the white-passing individuals this article seems fixated on.

  • I really don't like this article. I'm biracial and I can admit to sometimes feeling separate from both white and black people, but that was a space it didn't take long for me to navigate. I sympathize with others who it takes time for but regardless of where I wanted to feel comfortable I have always

    I really don't like this article. I'm biracial and I can admit to sometimes feeling separate from both white and black people, but that was a space it didn't take long for me to navigate. I sympathize with others who it takes time for but regardless of where I wanted to feel comfortable I have always been black by default and I never really felt like I had a choice when it came down to it. I read Barack Obama's book too and I think that helped me deal with a lot of this. I'm black and I have white family members, that's my reality and I can't change that but I'm also not looking to change it.

  • This article is so silly. I choose to not comment on it.