Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Being "Black" is more than a matter of looks...

Here's a great follow up to The Invisible Line, sent in by Fred from our August Wilson reading group:

Pike County, OH: As Black As We Want to Be

Visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there’s a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage.

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