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Old 07-08-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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Default Blacks are black until they are successful, then they are white

Would anyone call Obama white if he was a drug dealer on the street?

It's interesting. I myself am mixed(part white/black). In the USA though, I'm considered black by whites because of the 1 drop rule and because I'm of no significance to whites, just a low key regular citizen, not a celeb, rich or anything like that.

What I'm interested in is why until someone with a background like myself, who is labeled black there entire life black to white people, until they become successful or popular.

Then all of a sudden you're considered white, or not really black.

This happens countless times.

Obama, Tiger Woods are perfect examples. People say they arn't black, even though before they were somebody, whites labeled them as black until they were somebody.

Essentially whites try to strip away your blackness when you become somebody, and make sure to label you as black if you are just a regular person.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:31 PM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I teach in a majority Black school and it's not the Whites that say Tiger Woods isn't Black, it's the [edit] Black kids. They say the same thing about Colin Powell, too. Haven't heard it about President Obama yet.

Last edited by North Beach Person; 07-08-2009 at 01:53 PM.. Reason: edit for clarity
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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It is this stupid mentality that anything or anyone that is "Black" can't be good. That is a sad mentality and a stupid one at that.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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MJ is the only black person that I have ever seen go from black to white.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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MJ is the only black person that I have ever seen go from black to white.
That was due to vitilgo. Besides, that isn't even the issue. I am talking about how being black is considered bad by many in America and how you're labeled for being successful.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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That was due to vitilgo.
Right.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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It was not vitilgo, that was just an excuse that people were supposed to accept so they wouldn't be analyzing why he would want to be white.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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And Tiger is the one who said he is not black! He has several nationalities in him, but people originally saw his skin color and assumed he is black. I haven't heard anyonw say Obama is white yet, but he is mixed too.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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That was due to vitilgo. Besides, that isn't even the issue. I am talking about how being black is considered bad by many in America and how you're labeled for being successful.
Why are YOU putting a label on them? And I think of Tiger Woods as one of if not the best golfer ever...That's the only thing I think of tiger woods.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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Boy, I was ready to declare this to be yet another totally stupid thread based upon the title but after reading the thread description thought to myself, (as they would say on the Wire) True that!

While I never noticed this phenomenon until Obama's election I have personally witnessed, and experienced, the "you can't be from here because you aren't like most blacks because...."
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