Originally posted by poloblack
I'm black, and that's what I call myself, even though my complexion is actually reddish brown. And where did you get the notion that you're not
supposed to refer black people as black? That's a new one on me, I must haved missed the memo. And what am I supposed to refer to white people as?
LOL....that's what the portion of my friends who also happened to be born with darker skin pigment say.
We are human beings who bleed the same color. Unfortunately, skin color is also used as a visual marker when stereotyping culture.
I am from Louisiana and there is a significant black population there. I grew up around equal proportions of blacks and whites. We were all friends
in school, and most of us still keep in touch with each other. Naturally, in high school we each gravitated to our sub-cliques when we were outside
of school, but there was never any racial drama. Ever.
Sure, we were all cognizant of the fact that our parents and grandparents grew up during a different time frame, but none of us carried those
cancerous thoughts and attitudes forward into our generation, so to speak.
It has to stop somewhere, and by the grace of God, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a community with other kids that, for the most part, just
wanted to enjoy school, make good grades, go to college and do something with their lives.
None of us were rich, most were lower-middle to middle class families.
White people, black people, it was always as simple as that. I've never thought twice about it and am 37 years old now. But a few years ago someone
made a post on ATS and referred to someone as a black person or black people or whatever, and some people on the thread just went berzerk, like that
person said the most racist, bigoted thing they'd ever heard and made this huge deal about it.
Having said all that, my original post was truly meant to be taken as irony. I see nothing wrong with referring to people as black or white and will
continue to do so.