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  •  good, discomfort can be a good thing (5+ / 0-)

    now, go a little deeper. who said you should not love your relatives? who is trying to take that away from you?

    i am just interested in how we understand racial passing and the desire to create a coloured buffer race in the bigger social and racial context of this country.

    •  oh lookee (2+ / 0-)
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      I simply win no longer respond to you until you "fix" the title.

      "I am no longer a candidate. I'm The President" - Barack Obama 2012 DNC Convention

      by AAMOM on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:37:35 PM PST

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      •  Your loss. (1+ / 0-)
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        I would certainly love to know why you are so personally offended here.

        •  The term has a dicey history- (8+ / 0-)

          referred to in my comment above.  Not surprising that someone with mixed race family members would find it personally offensive, I know I did.

           People tend to take their family members rather personally.

        •  If I may... (1+ / 0-)
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          I think the title seems to apply a derogatory term to individuals who, through their parents or their own thought processes, are (to the writer) not "black" enough. The term itself has alot of history. What I found a bit disappointing was the term tragic. As if they the interviewees were some how lost or distressed or filled with remorse or sorrow. Full disclosure: I did not see the CNN or NPR programs. But I'm not sure why we carry on with the fixation on personal decisions as to why an individual chooses to "crossover" or why they don't.

          •  The NPR story is (0+ / 0-)

            covering people that would be looked at as "not black" in a percentage of the country that hovers around 99%.

            Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

            by mim5677 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:26:37 AM PST

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        •  Let Me Answer As Gently As Possible (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm white.  My oldest son is mixed race, bi-racial, whatever term you want to call it.  I've been furious at a lot of people on his behalf but the most bone deep fury I've felt is at people of color who have made arguments tantamount to suggesting that my son should abandon his family in order to pursue their idea of blackness.  I understand that, just as I can't know what it is like to be black, they can't understand what it means to be my child.  I can't tell my son what it means to be black but I can damn well tell him what it means for him or any one of my three children to be my child and a child of our family.  Anyone, black or white who messes with my family can expect a serious glimpse of the 7th circle of hell.

          Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

          by tikkun on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 05:00:58 PM PST

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