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Well the USA isn't post racial, so obviously race matters, and there is a lot of sensitivity to people adopting/coopting political/racial positions.

That being said, I note that her case is being treated quite differently than many whites who identify as black. for instance, there's Shuggie Otis (wrote the song hand-jive). He says he's black, but he doesn't at all hide the fact that his parents are white.

Maybe that's the difference?

by Upstate NY on Mon Jun 15th, 2015 at 01:59:14 PM EST
Give her a break. If she says she's black, she's black. If it's not a self-identifying notion, it's nothing at all.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 15th, 2015 at 03:53:03 PM EST
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Self-identification is the main rule among activiststs for a reason but regarding race in America I would argue that it is how others categorise you that is most relevant.
by chumchu on Mon Jun 15th, 2015 at 04:46:05 PM EST
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It's not that simple. There is a lot of frustration about people coopting black suffering in America. I understand both sides of this issue.
by Upstate NY on Mon Jun 15th, 2015 at 08:02:56 PM EST
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