These words were written close to 2 years ago by it's author.
I AM MORE THAN A COLOR!!!!!
We label human beings by color, as "white folks" and "black folks" the "yellow man" and the "red man". Oh! and don't forget those labeled the "brown man" over there.
I preferred to be identified by my content that reflects my history, a homeland continent and my ethnicity, so simply calling me a color "black" is a cheat. The only thing black on me is my hair (and a lot of that is gray...lol). So my skin is not actually black; it's a beautiful African-based brown; a G-d-given blend of Momma and Daddy.
BUT I AM SO MUCH MORE THAN A COLOR.
IF WE REALLY WANT TO GET RID OF RACISM THEN WE SHOULD QUIT CALLING FOLKS A COLOR AS THEIR IDENTITY.
Don't get me wrong. You'd be hard pressed to find a person who is more gratefully-proud of who and how my Creator made me. My challenge is to the use of colors, because colors do not and can not describe Human Excellence.
I prefer African-American over "black" because African American connects me to something that has more significance that the colors in a box of crayons...you know what I mean?
In closing, if I had it my way I'd follow the advice of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and identify myself as "BILALIAN"; named after a great African in Islam named Bilal - a man who rose from slavery to freedom.
Learn more about Bilal at this site https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilal_ibn_Rabah
Maker of #Bilalian mask and Bilalian Hoodies.