The content of her professional background is what I have a problem with. I’ve always had a problem with it. But for the record, I’d just like to say that Black means a lot of things to a lot of different people. While I understand what you mean, there are degrees and differences regarding the term/label Black that are too complex to discuss in this piece. They are legitimate arguments rooted in America’s treatment of a certain group of Blacks no other group of immigrant Blacks experience here on U.S. soil. It seems every group gets to separate itself within it’s own group except Black people. We’re so eager to be accepted and tolerated we are willing to erase our own collective Black lineages to embrace White Supremacy’s one-lump-sum for Black folks.
Jews don’t allow us to do it to them. Indians and Asians make sure to check you as they embrace their national/ethnic origins. They don’t allow us to define who they are and they don’t allow Americans to lump them all together although we still do it with the best of them. Jamaicans mating with Jamaicans in America for the most part say they are Jamaican. They aren’t running around claiming Black unless America makes them. They are pround of their national origin and ethnic composition as they should be. Black is a token prize given to them for coming here to America and pursuing a “better” life.
Spanish speaking Hispanics will tell you with the quickness their Latin America or Caribbean origins. Cubans make sure you don’t confuse them with Puerto Ricans or White Dominicans. Only here in America do we label them with a diaspora name, disregarding all their otherness. And Lord knows White folks LOOOOVVVEEEE to tell you how many different ethnic and national origins they are comprised of (except the Black parts of course lol). But Black folks gotta be all or nothing.
I think it’s direspectful personally to call people a color without getting to know their national and ethnic composition UNLESS they say that’s how they want to be addressed. America has trained us (Blacks) all to disregard our origins and making it a huge issue when we want to deviate from their labels so we can fight among ourselves over a freaking label that doesn’t actually describe any of us.
Our national and ethnic origins shape and mold us. We need to embrace them. What the heck is “Black” anyway? It’s whatever colonialists and White Supremacists have deemed it to be. We are Black against our will so to speak (lol). We didn’t create this social order, White people did. Now we are arguing about that instead of ending White Supremacy.
See how White Supremacy works.
Black folks ignoring their own ethnic and national origins (especially if you know where you come from) so not to stir up racist Americans are ignoring their own histories, national and ethnic origins are foolish in my opinion. America loves to disregard where Black people originated from. We help them when we allow them to lump us together.
There are many Black POC who prefer to identify as Black because it’s just easier. Americans are on the short bus when it comes to regarding and respecting ones national origin, heritage, and culture, especially biracial folks. America makes us choose a team if you’re not White. Harris chose Black, and I’m cool with it. But we must admit there are plenty of “Blacks” who want nothing to do with colonial, racist methods used to group us all under “the man’s “BlPOC umbrella. To oversimplify Black is to codify White Supremacy’s social order. I don’t care about Harris’ color. I care about her political record prior to being a Senator.
And for the record you are right, Black folks get to choose what they want to be, but that doesn’t mean other Black folks will see them the way they see themselves.
I think going down this rabbit hole is embracing White Supremacy’s labeling system while disregarding various Black groups’ issues and plights. So yes, while we all may be Black, all Black ain’t the same. Two things can be true at the same time, and that’s perfectly okay.