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  •  Intriguing diary (1+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp

    I'm glad there was so much response and wish I had been here for discussion. I did not see the CNN special but I'm not surprised Soledad focused where she did. I did wonder how it was "news". The whole notion of "passing" is old. I also think that the diarist is a bit harsh on those he deems "tragic". Forming your identity in a racist society is not easy, no matter how well your parents raised you. Cut people some slack. I'm half black, half Middle Eastern and was often excluded by other blacks while I was growing up -- treated differently, as if I did not belong, was not black enough. That made me wary of the people I most wanted to identify with. Things are easier today, but my son is often questioned when he says he's black -- other black kids don't want to accept it. Why are we so rejecting of our own? I don't expect a racist to accept or tolerate me; I do expect other people of color to. So next time you meet a multi-ethnic person who seems confused, don't be so quick to judge. Ask him/her to tell your their story; you might be surprised.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:34:26 PM PST

    •  i absolutely agree, don't get me wrong (2+ / 0-)
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      colorism and issues with racial identity and the like are real and substantive. we have lots of house cleaning to do. just not on a national news network for the voyeurism and entertainment of others.

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