Monday, November 06, 2006

Imitation of Life

I'm curious about the identification of multiracial people as black.

Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, Barack Obama, Harold Ford Jr., Bob Marley, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, Smokey Robinson, Jimi Hendrix, Langston Hughes, and even Malcolm X: multiracial all.

We don't hear about Tiger Woods: Asian golfer or Halle Berry: white actress.

There used to be the "one drop" theory of miscegenation in the US, from our nation's ignorant past.

What is it now? Is this another example of co-opting by the formerly oppressed?

Aren't we done with this yet?

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