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Re: “History on a string

In much of West Africa, people use the term "white" with Black people to mean someone who has lived in the West. So the same term would have been used for any Black person, mixed ancestry (African-American or what have you) or someone with a White parent, or even with someone purely African - as long as you have lived in the west and show that outwardly in your behavior/composure. It's common for people to misinterpret the meaning of the statement (as Giddens and the writer of this article did). Africans with a white parent are fairly common since this method was used during colonialism to infiltrate and break various African empires and "tribes". So seeing someone who does not look "purely African" (for lack of better words) would not have been "confusing" for these children at all.

I was surprised by her "good hair" comment. My hair is similar to hers, both my parents are Black, my sister's hair is kinkier, and I don't see my hair as any better than my sister's hair or anyone else's. Strange comment for someone to make in the context of this article, lol. How ironic.

Annoying to constantly have to hear dumb sh!t about hair - especially on this website of all places. However, I enjoy her music and her efforts to preserve our African-American instruments/music. Best of luck to her and the rest of the Drops.

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Posted by Calicat on 04/11/2012 at 12:31 PM

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