Talking to a friend of mine, also a fellow blogger, we began to discuss the preferences and perspectives of our work. Being writers, we often have to take our audience into consideration. On the issue of race, it came up how I never hook up with black men. While feeling that I am making myself equally available, my friend had a different take.
Wording his next statement carefully, "I think most black people perceive you to be...too white acting. You might be black on the outside with a dick to match, but, even to me, you can come off...umm...'white boyish'."
In a rare moment, I was shocked, "Are you serious?"
He elaborates, "Well, you're up there in San Francisco, with those white men...It's understandable."
If an African-American man doesn't act in the typically black fashion; does that make him white or something else? I believe there are far more than two influences to draw from. Between black and white, there is a great deal of gray matter. I long to be what never was. I'm beyond being Anglophobic or a (sub)urbanite...I'm xenocentric.
It's a shame there are still conversations like this in 2010.
For the record: I am the first of my kind. I come from a culture so freshly spawned there hasn't been a name created yet. When a label's created, I will have it tattooed to my ass. Musical assignments and dress codes are TBD. I may sound a bit haughty, but shouldn't this be true for every individual? Shouldn't each person design their own identity?
It's sickening that everyone wants to be so homogenized.
Black freedom isn't as oxymoronic as it sounds...
The above art is from the collection of artist Francoise Nielly
The eyes are a beautiful reflection of life
Her broad strokes of neon over black features
It speaks to me for obvious reasons :