When I was growing up, I was often bullied and accused of not being Black enough ::mumbling:: whatever that means. According to some, I talked White and thought I knew everything. As an adult, I now understand that talking White means I speak standard English and knowing everything means I did well in school. *Shrug* Such is life.
And while high school and college both seem so long ago, the whole not being Black enough issue popped up again recently when someone asked me "Where the hell are you from?" when I posted a picture of grits on my Foodspotting page and declared that I didn't like them (as I have previously). For the record, eating grits doesn't make you Black. #duh
What I DO like is peas and rice, fish cakes, ox tail, sorrel, plantain, ginger beer and my mother's Black Cake although I never acquired a taste for Mauby or okra. My people (both White and Black) immigrated from Barbados to Cambridge, Massachusetts and I identify as Bajan-American. Raised in Southern California (and not the American South) with an affinity for traveling the world, I am - like many other travelers I know - proud of my cultural heritage, yet insanely curious and interested in immersing in others. I just don't like grits (or okra or tomatos or...) and am simply over here in my very own little Brown Girl World doing me.
It's National Caribbean-American Heritage Month!
On June 1, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama declared June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month via Presidential Proclamation and I must say that I am thrilled. To recognize what to many is Caribbean peoples obvious contribution to American society warms my heart whether those people are White, Black, Pink, Purple or Brown. And while I've never been big on choosing just one month to celebrate any culture, I can't help but have a little twinkle in my Caribbean-American eyes.
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