Being Considered "black"
Perhaps the reason that you are not comfortable with someone
labeling you with a "mono"-racial term (such as 'Black') is
because the application and use of said terms results in
the verbal denial of your full "multi"-racial lineage.
If you are of "multi"-racial lineage -- then you are 'Mixed'.
If you are 'Mixed', then a "mono"-racial term would not fit you.
It sounds as if your dad is from a generation wherein
passive acceptance of the One-Drop Rule was commonplace
(likely for survival and possibly for a feeling of community).
The One-Drop Rule (wherein it states that if a person
of Mixed-lineage has 'any' amount of African-admixture
in thier ancestry, then they must be falsely placed
in the category of the "mono"-racial label of 'black').
What is particularly distressing about this is that some
people in the Mixed-community who claim to fight against
the One-Drop Rule in general, will often think nothing of
using a double standard to falsely apply it to those Mixed
people who are of MGM-lineage, rather than of FGM-lineage.
The truth of the matter is that 'Mixed is Mixed'
-- no matter one's ancestral chronology and if the
One-Drop Rule should not apply to one Mixed type
-- then it should not apply to any Mixed type.
Also, you may find the links listed
below to be of particular interest.
An example of a Multi-racial `Ethnic' Group:
Comments on the racist `One-Drop Rule':
Comments regarding Hereditary "Racial" Traits:
"aceress376" <aceress376@y...> wrote:
I don't know why, but I've always had a
problem with people calling me 'Black'.
For one, my skin is a redish brown and I have more
traits going towards my Native American Ancestry.
I don't fell unique if someone labels me as black
and I want to know if my dad is right when he says
"if you have just one ounce of African in you, your whole
genetic structure takes on the dominant African Genes."
I want to know if this is true, and if it is, why do I look
so Native American and My little brother look Caucasian.
My appearance and my little brother's
appearance makes me doubt this statement.