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i just posted a video on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/tiffdjones) in which i say something ignorant about mariah carey. in my attempt to eradicate my ignorance while repenting my judgement i came across this blog post…

http://abagond.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/the-blackness-of-mariah-carey/

here’s an excerpt:

Here is what Carey told JET magazine in 1999:

Ethnically, I’m a person of mixed race. My father’s mother was African-American. His father was from Venezuela. My mother is Irish. I see myself as a person of color who happens to be mixed with a lot of things… No matter what you say, when someone asks you the question ‘What are you?’ and you say ‘Black’ and you look mixed, they’re going to ask what you’re mixed with. That’s what always happens.

She sees this sort of questioning as racist:

What I find racist and unfair is that if someone’s half Chinese and half Italian, that’s two different races, why are they not forced to constantly define what they are? When it comes to a Black and a White thing, people are up in arms.

 

i really enjoyed reading it. i love the last bit of the excerpt. i mean, i doubt that people go around one-dropping norah and lourdes.

 

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