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    Posted November 21, 2012 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Being black in 2012

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    Strong by any other name


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     moxierich says having pride in one's racial identity is very important. 'Being a black American is more than the color of your skin. We are unique in the way we arrived America; we did not immigrate here for the promise of an American Dream, as did others,' she says.

    'Being black means you are the product of legacy of brutality and triumph. Our ancestors survived the horrible transfer of the Middle Passage, were enslaved and families were ripped apart. We have been called colored, Negro, black, Afro American, African American and the n-word. But no matter what term appears on a government form, we are still here in the great USA shaping the history, culture and future of the place we call our home. We are a mighty, adaptable, loving people.'
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    My name is Robyn McGee and I am a teacher and author of the book "Hungry For More: A Keeping it Real Guide For Black Women on Weight and Body Image." In my lifetime, I have been called colored, Negro, black, African American and the n-word. But regardless of what we are called we remain strong and the backbone and conscience of this great country called the United States of America.

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