Monoracials Take Note

Race is a social construct. Many of us, including me, identify as one race or another. Still, at no point should anyone tell someone else what he or she is or how to identify. That is a personal decision that each and everyone of us should embrace. That includes Beyonce, who is featured in a L’Oreal commercial touting the benefits of Color Match.

Beyonce outlines her heritage as African-American, Native American, and French. That’s her right. Others though, particularly African-Americans, have taken issue with the list. They don’t dispute that Beyonce is what she says she is. They say it purposely makes her less black, and there’s nothing worse in the world these days than not being black enough or trying to act white.

I don’t see Beyonce’s heritage as a threat to black culture or a slap to all of her fans, many of whom are African-American. I see it as someone who really knows who and what she is, and embracing it. Why is that so threatening?

 

 

  • I love The Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage ). Each person should be able to choose for herself how to self-identify, without being pressured to hide or reject part of who she is.

  • Nadia

    I see nothing wrong with Beyonce putting her heritage out there. All three of those races are who she is. I’m sure she knows that the majority of people will see her as black. I’ve heard her say that she is a black woman. Why should she deny her heritage. People need to get over themselves & simply worry about themselves.
    I often check all the other races on forms just because I can. I know I’m black for the most part but I have mixed raced grandparents on both sides. It’s who I am. If people want to say I’m not black enough or selling out, that’s their problem.
    Also if Beyonce didn’t not approve the commercial, I’m sure it would have never aired.

    • Gini

      Yes, totally agree…she is what she is…and why not embrace it. I am caucasian and my husband African-American. My daughter looks mixed but definitely looks…African-American (although some assume Puerto-Rican or other ethnicities). Do I want her to announce her mom is cream (as she sees me) no…but I don’t want her to forget that although she looks more like Daddy…I am in her too. With so many more mixed marriages of all different races — this will be more and more common place — what’s Beyonce’s doing/claiming and I am all for it. I have to say we do make more of this when it’s a black/brown/white thing. About half of my couple friends are in mixed marriages but not…black/white. 2 of my closest friends are Phillipino and their kids whose dads are white…just say they are Phillipino and Irish (or whatever) when in these cases they definitely look dominantly Phillipino and no one blinks an eye. Another friend’s kids are indian and irish…There’s sensitivity when talking about race but not about what their kids ‘are’ like there seems to be much more of when again, it’s a black/white issue of mixed heritage.

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