Links To Earlier Related Posts
If you're too lazy to read the earlier posts that I'm going to link to (and quote from), then please stop reading HERE. There are too many nuances and historical contexts with these African-American (AA) Black identity issues for soundbites. ALL of the relevant AA history needs to be considered.
Here are the earlier posts:
Pay Attention to Nuances When Black People Say They “Don’t Understand What Black Means”
Unlike most non-AA Blacks, most AAs conflate racial identity and ethnic identity. Many African-Americans say “Black” when they’re actually referring to what they (often mistakenly) believe to be African-American culture and shared historical experience. In general, the "typical" AA has a very weak or non-existent sense of ethnic identity and a vague (and mostly unwanted) racial identity.On a practical level, you automatically create a lot of confusion when you allow foreign Blacks to enter conversations among African-American Blacks about African-American identity issues. Our different histories mean that we’re talking about different things even when we use the same words such as “Black.” Because they’re from all- or majority-Black countries, many foreign Blacks (Africans in particular) never had any sustained, everyday experience with racial competition. Their universe revolves around family, clan, and ethnic group/tribal interactions and rivalries. They’re not alone in this. One interesting thing I’ve learned from Korean friends and acquaintances is how clan-based Korean culture is. There’s still a certain amount of competition and friction between Korean clans whose ancestors lived under different historical Korean kingdoms.All of the above means that when many foreign Blacks talk about dropping the Black label, they’re not throwing away anything that ever had any real substance or weight in their people’s history. Because even when they drop “Black,” they’re still holding onto what really matters to them—their specific ethnic identities as Hausas, Yorubas, and so on.
There are historical reasons for that: First, racial and ethnic pride was literally beaten out of our ancestors on the slave plantations. And second, our AA misleadership class has always emphasized chasing after coalitions with everybody and anybody else. AAs have never been happy to be by ourselves. Most of our historical and current misleaders have reflected our desire to latch onto other people's identities.
It’s normal human nature to take care of folks in this order: self, family, clan, ethnic group. With many people in many countries, “nation” isn’t even on that list. For other people, “race” also is not on that list; their concern only extends as far as their own ethnic group. With most people, outsiders are almost never on the “take care of them” list.
Most African-Americans have the “take care of them” list backwards compared to every other group of people. We put outsiders first and put ourselves last. African-American women put themselves dead last on the “must be taken care of” list. Our misleaders have programmed most African-Americans to look to create over-arching coalitions with anybody and everybody else . . . in the absence of taking care of self, family, clan, and finally, ethnic group.Our misleaders have also programmed us to fixate on being “fairer than fair” to anybody and everybody except ourselves. This is why so many African-Americans will come to Black blogs to fight with other Black people to champion the interests of NON-Blacks (such as the “don’t you dare call me Black” so-called biracials, other so-called “people of color,” and so on). (Note that these other “people of color” generally only use that term to describe themselves when they want something from African-Americans. Many other “people of color,” such as many Latinos and Arabs, are heavily invested in self-identifying as “White” in every other context.) All the above confused thinking is upside-down and backwards. And it doesn’t work.
When you set a boundary that doesn't include biracial women, the illusion is broken and you have to acknowledge that AA Black men worship Whiteness in women. That reality is just too painful for these type of AA Black women to bear, and so they shriek about "divisiveness."]
That was then—in a very different historical era—when most ½ Black-½ Nonblack persons suffered more or less just like the rest of AAs in America.
Right now AA Black women need to set some new boundaries to avoid being totally erased by biracial women.