Had a recent encounter with the seemingly enduring classification of one being too “white”. It seems that certain members of the Caucasian race, and also African-American, still seem to feel the need to inform others that they are behaving in a manner that is reserved for only “white” people. I’m not going to go into excruciating detail on the subject given its gravity and I’m sure many of you know how detrimental this term is especially to the “black” race. In my past all throughout my adolescent life I was plagued with that term. I used to feel terrible as though I were letting down my own kin and I felt as though I was being ostracized, I wasn’t “black” enough.
I guess I’m being ignorant to feel as though this term would have died out with time given the slew of intrinsically heinous practices used to oppress the black race over time with even some still in practice. Essentially I just don’t want the younger generations to have to grow up that way and feel like there are limitations or boundaries that cannot be crossed. I don’t want them to feel like they are not who they are or that they are different. I’m 21 now and the power behind that term has all but slid into dereliction for me and I hope it will for many of the youth as well. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are.
Happy Family Day.