Stop Quantiying People’s “Blackness”

This whole Aaliyah/Zendaya Coleman thing really has me thinking.  I can find merit in the skin tone discussion, but the questioning of her Zendaya’s blackness…I can’t get with it. 

What constitutes “Black”? 

Black people of the diaspora are mixed race.  Many prominent figures in our history have been mixed raced individuals of all shades. 

Some people I can think of on the top of my head…

Booker T. Washington

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W.E.B. Dubois

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Rosa Parks

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Alexandre Dumasimage

Homer Plessy

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Malcolm X

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Bob Marley

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Barack Obamaimage

Walter White

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Our grandmothers and grandfathers are of mixed backgrounds.  They were Black then, and they are Black now. We are of mixed backgrounds.  Not to say that Black people of mixed race backgrounds need to exclusively identify as Black, or Black at all for that matter, but that’s at the discretion of the individual.  There is not a scale to measure Blackness.  Not any of us have a monopoly on the Black experience or identity.  Quantifying other people’s identities is sooo tired ya’ll. 

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  • 20 June 2014
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