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“People in the street, Black and White, don’t tend to see me as Black. And being so light skinned, I can’t do the ‘Black man give another Black man a nod’ thing and just take it for granted because people tend to think I’m White. Brothers usually give me that ‘Who’s this White boy trying to be down?’ type of look. I could never describe myself as White, though. I’m very white, but I’m not White. That would feel like a huge denial of who I am. There are already hugely important parts of me that are invisible in mainstream society, so it feels important to me to always announce who I am. I’m Black and I’m Mixed-Race – I consider ‘Mixed-Race’ to be a category of Blackness.”

London, United Kingdom
Black / Mixed-Race

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