Imagine if you were black in the South, white in Latin America, and Colored in South Africa? The psychological transition of perceived social status and loss of a sound identity is detrimental to many American mulattoes. Being a mulatto, I have experienced the cons of not having a strong biracial identity; however labeling biracials as black in the United States affects the African-American community as well. History shows that due to racism, slave quotas, and the invention of the hypo-descendent rule, the offspring of whites and blacks were usually identified as black in the socially, dichromatic United States. Posing such an audacious claim has a major counterproductive problem in today‘s society: it presents a certain required look for achievement in the African-American community.
According to all news outlets, Barack Obama is the first black U.S. President. Halle Berry won an Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball, and is popularly referred to as the first black woman to win the award. Lewis Hamilton is cited as the first black F1 racer. The list goes on of notable “black” achievers; however, the achievers listed are not black: they are mulatto. Hypothetically speaking, if mulattoes were black, this would dichotomize the African-American community. This pseudoscience would convey that in order to achieve, one must look a certain way, id est light skin and semi-European features. When Vanessa Williams became the first “black” Miss U.S.A, did it not convey that a certain look for African-American females was required to hold such a glorified title? This is racist against African-Americans. The labeling of mulattoes as black hurts the African-American community.
When the Colbert Report first debuted, Stephen Colbert chose his first "The WØRD" of the night as “truthiness.” It was named word of the year for 2006 by Merriam-Webster. He explains that truthiness is the quality by which someone claims to know something intuitively, instinctively, or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or actual facts. Truthiness is a phenomenon that is used by most people when they label biracials as solely black. This labeling dichotomizes the African-American community and conveys certain physical attributes as prerequisites for achievement. People should promote descriptive racial identity or not impose one at all.
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