‘Just because I have straight hair and olive skin tone doesn’t mean I’m not black… I don’t have to look a certain way to be black.’
Actually… from what the rest of us have been told for generations, being ‘black’ actually DOES have something to do with melanin. It’s the ‘visible’ part of ‘visible minority’.
At SOME point, these titles will become an argument against their own existence.
Raechel Malonson won the pageant as Miss Black Texas. Good for her. She’s a lovely lady.
But it DID raise some questions:
One Twitter user pointed out that in the Miss Black pageant, ‘they still chose the most light-skinned.’
Another wrote that: ‘Her father may be black but socially I see she doesn’t even claim it unless when it’s convenient for her. That’s that s*** I don’t like.’
This argument was echoed by a number of Twitter users, many of whom brought up Rachel Dolezal as an example of someone who used ‘blackness’ for her own advantage.
Malonson, who has a black father and a white mother, said that she was taken off guard by the criticism.
‘I didn’t realize that even after I received the title I would still have to explain myself, that there was still ignorant people out there who are asking me to prove myself,’ she told Fox. — DailyMail
In a day and age where our ethnicity is far more varied, and where even one President has been ‘biracial’ are ethnically binary beauty contests a relic of a bygone era?
The point, one can assume, of having such a contest in the first place was to affirm that black women can be just as beautiful as white women.
Considering a number of women crowned as Miss America happened to be black, and many leading Hollywood ladies are also black, is that still really in question?
To look at her, Malonson isn’t really all that dark. She is basically — to use one of those social-justice-warrior-invented-terms — a ‘white-passing poc’. (poc = ‘person of color’)
While you and I probably wouldn’t care much about her ethnicity, the whole pageant is BASED on race. And that’s the problem.
How black is (REALLY) black?
One parent? One grand parent? One great grandparent?
If a young lady was, say Dutch… but had one GREAT-GREAT grandparent that was African… does that qualify her to enter this contest?
Once you start down this road of placing one group in opposition to others, it gets complicated quickly.