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The Black Experience in America

Define what it means to be Black

If a black person says to another black person you are not black enough what does that mean?  One scenario that exists is when discussing Colin Powell as a potential candidate for the presidency years ago he was deemed not black enough?  What does that mean? From my experience, there is no definition of Blackness.  We are as diverse as any ethnicity.  Too many people equate being black with derogatory things such as being a gangster, being illiterate, being poor, being uneducated, and being lazy, etc.  Are these things a sum total of what being black is?  Who wants to be identifed that way?  And furthermore, who identifies themselves that way?  Is there more than that to being Black?


July 22, 2008 - Posted by | Black Experience


  1. Too many black people believe the negative stereotypes portrayed on tv. Who can define a race of people anyway. Remember whoever defines you also controls you.

    Comment by j | July 22, 2008

  2. Blackness shouldn’t be a definition. It should be nothing more than a race. A person’s personality shouldn’t be defined as black or white. It should be just who they are as a person.

    Comment by J-Muke | July 21, 2008

  3. You are right on point of the summarization of blackness. I never really gave it much thought until now, when people use the phrase “You are not black enough”.

    Comment by Terry | July 21, 2008

  4. thanks terry,

    we should give some thought to who we are, why we are, and what we are. as we move forward there should be purpose and determination to be better and do better. our kids deserve that. we deserve that.

    Comment by blacknessdefined | July 21, 2008

  5. If colin Powell wasn’t black enough, what makes Barack Obama black enough? Or is he black enough?

    Comment by blacknessdefined | July 22, 2008

  6. I agree that blackness shouldn’t be defined. We are people and should be judge as such. We should, as a race, break the stereotypes that are placed. Educate and expose our peers, youth, and society to more than the entertainment and celebrity lifestyle, Show our children that success is not defined in material possessions. We need to encourage and support our people, communities, and our “blackness”. Be proud and confident in the skin you’re in…….Now that’s black enough????

    Comment by Temp | July 23, 2008

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