I agree that phenotype is more of deciding factor in race descriptions in America than genotype. I also acknowledge that light skinned black people generally get better treatment than darker black folks. I however think that self-identity plays a big part in whether a biracial person is able to lead and identify with black people.
For instance, I find that a bi-racial child will take on the identity of the race of the primary caretaker(typically the mother). If a biracial child is raised by a white woman, then the child will more than likely identify with white people due to being raised around his/her mother's family. If the mother is black, the biracial child will more than likely identify with being black due to his/her surroundings and upbringing.
Does that fact that the person is "half" black and light in appearance, supercede the mentality of the individual and their identification with being black in America?
I ask you because you have personal experience and are not basing your thoughts on emotions and opinions.
What do you think?
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