Tia Sekiguchi Reveals What It’s Like Living in Tokyo…Being half black in Japan (VIDEO)

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Noah Williams

“Being that black people are living in practically every country on the planet, even that black people have an ancient and/or recent heritage in many of these countries, more black people should start seeing themselves from the international perspective and not just their countries of origin… Also, please consider that being multi-ethnic does not mean that you are “inter-racial” or “half” anything. Race is a social fabrication; the idea was constructed to oppress, so racism is real only because of it’s effects on real people. However, race is a social construct. Black, White, and Asian (Yellow) are very broad categories that came into our vocabulary only recently, and include peoples from many different countries and ethnic groups… For instance, there are native blacks in India, Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Eastern European, Southeast Asia, and so on and on… The usage of the term “black” to describe people goes back further than any of the other terms only because it was used to describe the darker-skinned peoples of Africa and Asia, as compared to their neighbors in the North and West as international politics took on new challenges with changing dynamics over 5,000 years ago and into the Greek period when ancient Egyptians still referred to their country as “Kemetic” –named after the rich black soil of the Nile Valley and the Black people of the region (in many variations of the term’s ancient usage)… However, the term even then, accepted all variations of ethnic and cultural types that married, ethnically blended, and culturally connected with Black peoples. The term wasn’t an excluding term necessarily, it was an universal identifying term to express an association of peoples. Otherwise, ethnic groups identified by nations and cultures… Comparatively, the terms “white” and “yellow” people are around 500 years old and emerged with the sense of a European racial identity. Even ancient Graeco-Roman ethnographers and writers like Homer and Herodotus only eluded to such an identity. In other words being Black is not a distinct racial identity, but is at the root of the only racial identity–the human race. Being non-black once upon a time meant that you no longer identified ethnically and culturally with the African and Asian peoples who were called Black (that happened as European tribes became more visibly different in phenotype and ethno-cultural identification, and then moved southward as Indo-Europeans tribes coming into contact with black peoples, and then into the Greek period), which included various shades “black”, dark brown, red, ruddy, and yellow peoples all over the world. That said, black people need to stop sub-categorizing ourselves because “being black” is not an excluding category, it’s and inclusive and including category. If any “white” or Asian person has child with a “black” person–that child is included. However, appearances are still very important in a “racial” society, so it may feel very odd to some people to call a person that “looks” (based on social ideas) white or yellow–a Black, even if a recent parent is more “obviously” Black.

Just something to consider…”

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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