What Makes You Black?

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Do you know someone who is black? Can you define it? This little debate was brought on by a friend who was of mixed-race. Her father was black, her mother was white and she definitely looked more white than black. Nonetheless, she was a bit confused as to what race she was and didn’t want to list “other” on all of those dumb forms. What I thought would be a quick answer to her question, “You’re considered black to most people, so therefore you’re black,” turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected. In fact, I tried …