African Americans have one of the most ignored/forgotten, disrespected, yet grossly appropriated cultures in America.
There is an African American flag
(among some variations) and African American celebrations such as Juneteenth and Kwanzaa (observed mainly by African Americans). We have our own dialect (AAVE), popular cuisine (Soul Food), and forms of traditional dress, some of which are manifestations of our [West] African roots: Kente cloth, dashikis, church hats, etc.
In regards to the biracial inquiry, many, if not most African Americans, even if they come from two Black parents, are “mixed” somewhere down the line in their ancestry. Many of this mixing occurred during slavery, when White men would rape and/or have illegitimate children with their Black women slaves. A smaller percentage of African Americans are of some American Indian ancestry, as a result of interracial marriage (a few tribes were known to take in runaway slaves) and/or enslavement by the American Indians (a select group of tribes were known to own Black slaves). This history of mixing with other races and cultures is usually what the people who say “we’re all mixed” are referring to.
However, personally, I find that comment annoying, in the same way that I find “we’re all Black” and “we’re all human” annoying; it’s a rather pretentious attempt to invalidate the other person’s argument/comment. There is a difference between being mixed in your immediate ancestry (like, in my case, having a Black mother and a White father) and being “mixed” “somewhere down the line” by some supposed ancestor you don’t even know truly existed. I mean if we’re really all mixed then you should be marking nearly every bubble on forms asking for your race/ethnicity, or better yet get rid of all racial/ethnic labels and just call everyone “mixed”. If I took a DNA test tomorrow and found out that I have a small percentage of—let’s just say—indigenous Mexican heritage “somewhere down the line”, sure, I’m going to find it interesting that I learned about a new aspect of my genetics, but I’m not going to go out and claim every culturally Mexican thing under the sun. Know your genetics, definitely, but respect cultural boundaries if you know you have no real ties or connections to that racial/cultural community.
- admin c
Then I remember that I thought the same thing ten years ago.
NC: I hope I'm being clear, my english isn't that good. Aren't Trinis, dominicans, and other ethnicities in that region a bunch of mixed races? Didn't they turn that mixture into one, and call it something? They have their own celebrations and flag. Why can't black americans be the same? Is it because we are in someone else's country? (so they claim, this isn't their land) And Why when black Americans bring up being bi racial, someone has to point out that we're all mixed? I hope you understand
You know whats fucking scary? The fact that I could literally change my life at any moment. I could stop talking to everyone that makes me unhappy. I could kiss whoever i want. I could shave my head or get on a plane or take my own life. Nothing is stopping me. The entire world is in my hands, and I have no idea what to do with it.
i really want to start a winter camp for 8-10 yr olds and have them shovel snow out of drive ways an charge people for it