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

image

W.E.B. Dubois

image

Rosa Parks

image

Alexandre Dumasimage

Homer Plessy

image

Malcolm X

image

Bob Marley

image

Barack Obamaimage

Walter White

image

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. 

  • 537 notes
  • 20 June 2014
  1. dasnaturabeauty reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora and added:
    True.
  2. colbysheep reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  3. theyreally reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora and added:
    beautiful
  4. mydamnblogposts reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  5. chulzi reblogged this from khromejio
  6. khromejio reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  7. marilyn-nicole reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  8. queercollective reblogged this from weareallmixedup
  9. parisiansunrisemoroccanmoonlight reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  10. sonofwi11 reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  11. myworldisfloral reblogged this from decolonize-all-the-things
  12. y0ungkingg reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  13. youngisthequeen reblogged this from dantydandelion
  14. unicornsanddopestuff reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  15. dantydandelion reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  16. decolonize-all-the-things reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  17. peopleofthediaspora reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  18. wrapyourselfaroundmyfinger reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  19. underrratedgurl reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  20. brownskincurlyhair reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora
  21. jessadore reblogged this from peopleofthediaspora