About this iReport
  • Approved for CNN

  • Click to view EWillies1961's profile
    Posted November 19, 2012 by
    Kingwood, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Being black in 2012

    More from EWillies1961

    Being Black Simply Pigmentation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     EWillies1961 says that being black for him is only about the color of his skin and having a strong racial identity isn't necessary. 'Being black means something different to every black. This is the same answer I have gotten from people of other races,' he says. 'That said, it is important to know who you are because a racial identity is generally imposed on you (though differently) by different segments of society.'

    He believes that the stereotypes formed about black people are wrong. 'We all have the same hopes, desires, and expectations,' he says.

    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    The assignment was a bit more difficult than I thought initially because of the question posed. What does being black mean. I realized that I could have gone down the road of discrimination, inequality,and many other ills that I have described before.

    Many of us (blacks) have made progress above and beyond obstacles. Many have not. But given the state of our economic system I realized that much of what “black” folks had and are going through, many in the majority are now going through with the ever growing plutocracy.

    In effect more now than ever we are all in one of two boats, one that is near a tipping point and a luxury yacht. After looking at reality, the assignment then became pretty easy. Being black today is but the color of the skin given that for all the socio-economic woes that was associated mostly with being black is now associated with just being a middle class American.


    LIKE My Facebook Page  

    Add your Story Add your Story