Tag Archives: Race

Being an African American in Africa: “What are you?”

Disclaimers 1) The question, “What are you?” is objectifying. If the goal is to find out a person’s heritage, the more proper question to ask is “How do you identify?” 2) Every African American’s experience in Cape Town, South Africa … Continue reading

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“Hola, morocha”: Race and Ethnicity in Argentina

Often accompanied by a sly smile and ‘come hither’ stare, “Hola, morocha” is a greeting I hear often in Argentina. It commonly precedes a cat-call and roughly translates to “Hey, brown-skinned girl.” Anyone feel a little bothered by the bluntness? … Continue reading

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Who’s the Black Girl?

My entire life I have been “the token black girl.” In the classes that I take or activities that I participate in I tend to be the only black person involved. On occasion I am one of a few, but … Continue reading

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