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

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DesireG says being black to her simply means she isn't white. She believes the definition of being black is something that society has created. 'I am a human being but the world does not want to leave it at that because there is a supposed "race" to be won and my being termed "Black" is an identifier commonly used by the privileged, to make them feel more secure in being the ones ahead in the race,' she says.

    She says having a strong racial identity isn't important to her but says the common and persistent practice of others trying to put her in a category is something she can't escape. 'My "black" status in America only exist because we have set up these classifications to measure the worth of a human being based on Class, Race, Gender and Religion. We fear getting rid of these identifiers because it would mean acknowledging that we TRULY are all the same. We are born into the world naked and we die taking nothing with us the same way,' she says.

    'I guess we feel it would be terribly boring to be the "same and equal"... humanity likes the drama, is what I gather, and loving each other seems dull and maybe in some ways terrifying but what I really think it comes down to is that we fear LOVE because LOVE is a hard thing to do. And it is a hard thing to do because it's so easy.'
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    I don't believe much has changed for African Americans, at least not for the better. If anything more and more non-blacks are falling into poverty and are experiencing what many Blacks have already known to be true for their lives. We welcome you to Blackness in America.
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