Are You Ashamed of Being Black?
What is Black?
Due to the history of the country's bout with slavery most Black people feel ashamed of their ancestry, even if they don't even know their ancestry. They assume they have slavery in their ancestry and therefore somehow they feel dehumanized and ashamed of being Black. But, what is Black? Pure Africans were originally shipped over from Africa as slaves during colonial America. However, the purity of African genes, for the most part was diluted long ago. Due to rampant rape by white people, most African slaves were "mixed". There were no more pure Africans after a century of systematic rape. Today's Black American is no more pure than Neapolitan ice cream. It is nearly redundant then to say that a "Black" person, in America, is mixed.
Finally, the truth of the matter is, white people, whom these "mixed" Black people are trying to impress, see all Black people as "Black". When they stand around the water cooler at work, they assuredly say "this Black guy was ...". I have yet to hear a white person EVER describe a Black person as mixed. Trust me, I have known close to half a million white people in my life, from all walks of life, all spectrums of philosophy, and all political outlooks. None have ever described a Black person as anything other than "Black". They are so very direct about Black vs white that they have called people that look completely Mexican, Puerto Rican etc ... you know swarthy light skinned people with curly hair, as Black. A white friend of mine thought a very pale Black guy we saw, looked exactly like a very dark Black guy we had met earlier that evening. He was convinced they looked the same. This is a white guy that would give me the shirt off his back, so we're not talking some random racist white guy.
Are All Black Americans Descendants of Slaves?
There was a sizable free population of Blacks in America before slavery took hold and while slavery was going on. In fact, it was these free Blacks that helped shaped early American view points on the ugliness of slavery. Some of the greatest American leaders back then were Black. In American history next to Abraham Lincoln in terms of fame, Frederick Douglass is as famous and was of course Black, being an escaped slave. He was a statesman, orator and author of many books.
Why the Shame to Be Black?
While kids today are mixing more with different races more than ever, they feel all the more ostracized on the issue of race. They may play with whites and asians, but when it comes to self identity, they are afraid to admit they are Black. Instead they wish to be "mixed". While the white American has no problem admitting he's white, and the asian American has no problem admitting he's asian, the Black American seeks to be identified as mixed instead, although his white and asian buddy will see and describe him as "Black".
I personally know a Black guy who not only doesn't claim he's Black, but then turns around and talks about "Black folk". Everyone of course laughs at him behind his back, but goes along with his racial tirades in front of his face. He'll die alone. It's a case of the Tragic Mulatto all over again. I hope he doesn't commit suicide though. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Be proud that you are Black. Be just as happy for your asian and white friends. They don't have a problem being white or asian. And, as I have shown you, all Black people are pretty much mixed in America. In fact, other than an African fresh off the boat, it is a rarity to find an Americanized African that is pure blood, going back 6 generations. I would say it is impossible. Stranger things have happened, but I don't think there's a whole bunch of pure blood "Black" people in America.
Claiming to be mixed serves absolutely no purpose. And, if you're ashamed of being Black, deal with that issue first, because obviously your race is affecting you more than you're admitting.
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