Thank you Stephen for the editing and reviewing my essay. I appreciate it. You did a great job!
I'm glad you were able to understand the nuances of Black (some of them anyway). Being Black is so complex it can't possibly be captured in a brief essay like this, but hopefully people reading it will have a starting point to begin examining the labels and classes we were assigned. Those groupings aid in erasing a lot of us while grouping others who deny their Blackness, giving White people mixed messages about our needs and grievances. I hope this piece leads to more indepth discussions about who we are as people.