Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Response to Paula Patton's Comments

I came across an article that I can't get out of my mind, "Are Biracial People Black? My Thoughts on Paula Patton's Comment" by Stuart McDonald.

Patton's comment in an article that appeared in Women's Health magazine is basically that she doesn't like the term "biracial," and feels that people who use it for themselves think they are somehow better than African Americans.

In the article, McDonald hits on what I consider to be very important foundation of discussions about race. He writes, "When Patton say that she identifies herself as Black “because that’s the way the world sees me,” we see the idea that race is nothing more than a social construction very clearly."

Instead of me plagiaphrasing his article here, instead I'll direct to please read it here.

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