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    Posted: Feb 28 2014 at 3:35pm
I agree kfoxx. I think it really does just let the future know that blacks did exist and accomplish things.

However, I now completely understand y some would prefer not to add black to their title.

It's crazy that this is even a thing almost 100 years after that text was written.
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IA w/sang on the bookstore thing.  I've been around long enough to remember when there was no African American section and no market.  It was sad. 

I wish clear people were forced to run from their racial identity.  Something like - He's "The Decendant of a racist, raping ass dirty slave owner White American Writer".  Yes I wish the words White American held some type of stigma.  It should.   Black American "Anything" lets ME know that despite all the fckn bullsh*t American did to kill his/her dreams he/she is a published writer, doctor, actor, CEO or President. 
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Originally posted by lexis83 lexis83 wrote:

I think they want to be recognized for their work not the color of their skin/race.


Right. These people don't have enough going on in their lives if they have to precede every accomplishment etc .. with the word 'Black'.

People can see that you are Black ... but it's what you are about that should be the focus.
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The bookstore comment is weird. Every bookstore I've been to has literature of all races in the same section. You might find African American lit in the urban lit section as well but that's only because it's popular with the urban lit crowd too. It's all about money.
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Originally posted by Ming Ming wrote:

When I was younger, I walked around B&N looking for something to read... came across African American novels or something like that. That bothered me. They were in a separate section. I don't judge those who consider themselves Black first. For the most part... I usually consider myself a woman first

Maybe you should go over to woman hair media with all the colorblind women then.
It really doesn't matter what you think of yourself cause they see you at a black first either way.
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Man I'm mad as they desegregated black books in the library and B&N.
I'm really pissed at yall for that.
Now I gotta go through all these cracka books to find the nigguh books.
yall man.
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Originally posted by creole booty creole booty wrote:

Do u guys think that if someone is mentioned for an accomplishment that its automatically assumed that they were white?

Random ex: first man to cure aids, or developer of time machine?

yes! Because whiteness operates as the norm/default...that's why some films will be described as "African American" whereas a film with an all white cast is just a romcom or drama etc. whiteness is invisible and universal at the same time.
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the word normalized is bothering me

I get what you are trying to say but it still bothers me lol

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When I was younger, I walked around B&N looking for something to read... came across African American novels or something like that. That bothered me. They were in a separate section. I don't judge those who consider themselves Black first. For the most part... I usually consider myself a woman first
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Originally posted by purpulicious01 purpulicious01 wrote:

Mixed opinions.

I understand not wanting to be recognized solely for your race, but instead for the quality of your work. 

I find it absurd that we segregate bookstores and PUBLIC libraries ("African American" literature). It's insulting really. Toni Morrison writes American Literature, not just African American lit., and everyone should read it. She should be in the section sections as the White authors. 

With that said though, I see nothing wrong with a person referencing his/her race and using it as an opportunity to bring a different perspective/point of view to the table (bc our experiences in life are heavily influenced by our identity - racial/ethnic, religious, gender, etc). 




IA with this sentiment.  We will never become normalized into society if people can still choose to bypass us.
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