What is ‘Black’ Today?

Rodney Harrison Says Colin Kaepernick Is ‘Not Black’ Amid 49ers QB’s Protest | Bleacher Report – I tell you this, I’m a black man. And Colin Kaepernick—he’s not black. He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a every single (day) basis. When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they’re looking at you like you about to steal something. You know, I don’t think he faces those type of things that we face on a daily basis.

On Jesse Williams and Biracial Blackness: Are Biracial People Even Black? [clutchmagonline.com] – While one could dismiss that claim as ignorant, especially considering the myriad of mixed-race and biracial individuals who self-identify as black (including, but not limited to Barack Obama — the Nation’s first black president — Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Frederick Douglas and many more), there are reasons why many make this distinction in an attempt to exclude black people who look like Jesse Williams. The politics of race and racial identity are such that they create divisions even among the disenfranchised. However, all of the disenfranchised are not treated the same. And that is what many are fighting to point out.

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