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“Anytime I travel, especially to the United States, I know how shocking it is for Black Americans to hear me call myself ‘Coloured,’ so I always take the time to address my identity – this is who I am, this is my history, this is my struggle.  But I know it’s very confusing for them. Once you say you’re ‘Coloured’ and you say you’re not considered Black, there’s obviously a tendency to want to think that you’re trying to shy away from your Black history or your Black heritage. People become very offended, but it’s important for me to relay my history so that they can understand.”

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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