MorganJade, what this brings up for me is that this is just one more area - and in particular for Black women- where who you are, how you sound, how you look is weaponized against you. It's your hair. It's your skin (you're not light enough, not Black enough). Your heritage (you're not Black enough, please see Kamala Harris as Exhibit #1) your blaccent isn't (whatever) enough.
While we as a deeply diverse nation struggle with issues of race, at the same time women with funds get asses like Beyonce, White women pose as Black women for decades and make money off their lies, yet we can't stop demeaning POC for being who and what they are, sound like, look like.
Sometimes I am righteously gobsmacked at the level of self hate we demonstrate as a nation but which is expressed in our deep hatred of others, anyone who doesn't look like they were born in Norway.
OH. Wait. Black people get born there too.
Funny thing about that, isn't it?
That's one of the side effects of travel, which I do a great deal (when planes are flying that is). Travel teaches you one hell of a lot about humanity, about the magnificence of difference, about how interconnected we all are and have to be, and how incredibly interesting our uniqueness is after all.
How incredibly ridiculous that we as a nation- from the top down- behave as though the entire world should look like, sound like, be like,dress like and live like some White Midwestern ideal. The WalMart-ing of the world, if you will.
Happily not all of us feel that way. But we sure do act like it at times.