Hi. Putting my opinion out there:
I am middle-class and I am offended by the term AA
I am black and proud of it (never been to Africa so I definitely wasn't born there)
. I don't speak ubonics, have never lived in the projects, both my parents worked, we were raised in houses, no cars up on cement blocks or drive bys and several of the families in our neighborhoods were black, married and a work mix of blue collar and professionals like ours. My BFF and I often shake our heads at the stereo-types I mentioned above because we have no concept of that world. We also grew up around mixed couples.
I think we as a nation have to stop labeling ourselves based what others have put out there to determine what is what for ethnic background(s)/behavior. Why - because there are a lot of people out there who think they are one race when in fact there the very race that they hate or have issue with. I just had this conversation (jokingly) with a co-worker. When I pointed out how many slave children were sold that were mixed and so pale the could pass and cited a few recent articles from men and women who discovered that they were not black or white his mouth dropped open.
Don't get me wrong, know several who would not date outside of their race if their lives depended on it out of honor and respect for bloodlines and solidarity.
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Beautiful BrendaMorgan and I couldn’t agree more. I too grew up with people of all colors and race. We never called them the “blacks” or the “Asians”. They had names and that’s what we used. You sound intelligent enough not to take offense at the ignorance of those who were not as lucky as we.
It always rankles me when a black persons wins an award and they have to add “the first black man or woman ....”. Why can’t they just win and be appreciated. I am sick to death of labels and all the B S that goes with it.
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I'm African-American but labeling is truly not that serious to me unless it's a derogatory slur. It's all about your preference. That debate reminds me of a story I heard over the weekend on NPR about two Black / African Americans who were fighting over something that was questionably "racist" in New York. Without going into details about the core issue, the saddest part of the story was that the two black people now hate each other because one straightens their hair and the other doesn't so they're debating the Blackness of each other. I honestly don't have the time for that foolishness! In all of the real issues...that's what people have time to quibble over.
Anyway, back to Lily and Cane. The actress who portrays Lily has in the past resisted being portrayed as a Black character on the show. Look it up. Reportedly, that was one of her issues back in the day with Victoria Rowell. With them bringing the teenage kids back into the storyline, she has become a little more ethnic but once you take Hillary out of the mix, she will go back to pretending that she is a mystery chick. Again that's well and good if that's what she wants to do and that's how the soap wants to play her character. It would just be nice to have a relatively healthy, clearly Black-identifying couple on the show. One that's not ashamed of it and doesn't tip toe around it. And one that is young and professional.