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There is a reason I put "of color" in quotes.  It's her language, not mine.

As I said, I feel rather ambivalent about it.

But don't you agree that too often it is society at large that labels people based on their appearance, and not the individual who embraces a certain identity simply based on their contingent appearance?

A friend of mine's father was black and his mother is white.  He said he did not choose to "be black".  But that is how white America chose to view -- and treat -- him.  So he embraced this black identity which in a very big way was forced upon him by society at large.  In other words, if I understood him correctly, it was very hard for him to try to pretend not to be a person "of color".

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 07:33:04 AM EST
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