The Marc Steiner Show

December 5, 2011 – Segment 2

We’re joined this hour by Toure, whose work as an author, journalist, and cultural critic includes fiction, music writing, and essays on a wide variety of topics.  His new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now, contains excerpts from over 100 interviews Toure conducted with leading thinkers of our time.

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  1. I am the mother of biracial children. When my oldest was growing up, I referred to her as ‘black’, simply because that is the way the public saw her. However, sfter reading some Native American literature and an experience with my younger daughter, I changed and always refer to them now as biracial.

    The Native American Literature: I read that the government ‘picked’ who they wanted to deal with to represent a tribe and would pick a ‘mixed breed’ where possible, the better to manipulate them and have their own interests represented. Often the results of such did not represent the native tribes supposedly represented. I also read an essay by a biracial Native American/White where she described that she was a third different category, because she had to bridge two cultures.

    This was brought home to me when my younger daughter came home one day and shared that as she was walking with black friends, they started talking about white people. She said she didn’t now what to do, because I am white and she therefore couldn’t talk about white people as they did.

    I reger to them as biracial and talk to them about being bridges.

    Obama is biracial. He was raised needing to love and honor both races. He has disappointed many blacks because he doesn’t have a specifically ‘black agenda’, as do, say, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. But that is why electing a black person is quite different than electing a biracial person.

    To many people, he is black – and for sure, he must respond to being perceived as black. But he is biracial – and to me, this is what made it possible for him to actually be elected. (Of course, tnat begs the question whether or not Colin Powell could/would have been elected, but then, he, also, did not have a specifically ‘black agenda’.)

    Of course, this will all be moot once we are each simply and joyfully ‘human’!


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