The American people have a serious identity crisis.It's rare while in the country to hear someone say that they are American.People say that they are Irish, Scottish, German, Italian, African, English, West Indian, etc. Often people are a combination of these.For black Americans it becomes even more complicated.Many want to identify as African but others would never dream of such a thing because it's so foreign to them.I was speaking to a man at a party I had at my apartment.He was telling me about how he plays African drums, traveling around to different towns and performing.He had even been to my part ofCape Cod, Wellfleet.I asked him if he was African and his reply was vague.He couldn't really say yes but he wasn't about to say no.I thought that maybe he was second generation and that his parents were born there so I asked if his parents were African.He said, "well I can't really say no, you know what I mean.It had come up earlier that I was An Afro-Am major and after that point as far as he was concerned we had some kind of connection.I was glad that it never became my turn at 40 questions.I am BI-racial and people react to that differently than others.To some it's a scar on my blackness being that I'm also half-white.To some it ain't no thing black is black even if your not 100%.Of course finding a person whose 100% of anything these days can be a challenge.In the states if you are a small part black then you are black.We have this system, thanks to the good old days of slavery where no matter how white you looked and no matter how much you resembled the master's children, you were still black enough to be a slave.In other parts of the world the tables are turned.If you are even a small percent white then that's what you are.
The past thirty years have seen many changes in the lives of black people in America.With the c…

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