Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. - Henry Kissinger
Growing up I always knew I was West Indian. I just didn’t know that West Indians were different from African Americans. It was a harsh reality to come to grips with because it wasn’t me who saw it, but other black children. Growing up in a white suburb of Orange County you were black, white or other. You could be mixed, but neither of my parents was white so I didn’t fit there either. I learned early on that people have a need to classify things in the least complex manner possible. If you don’t know enough about who you are to make the distinction for them, they will tell you what and who you need to be.
For me, having been born black in America, it was never about a negative association towards being African American. It was about the fact that being black does not make me African American.