“Acting Black”; When did ignorance become synonymous with being black?

The Subaltern

Arriving in the UK as an African girl with my luggage in tow and a massive grin on my face, filled with expectations,  I was halted in my steps by a discovery. I found that in the western world, it wasn’t enough to be born black, it was possible to act black, dress black, talk black.

I realised that just as there is a box often made for each and every one of us which only the daring and non-conformists manage to escape, there is a box made for black people in the western world to fit into, in the UK and even more so in the USA.

I was often told by black people who grew up in the UK (Black British) that I act white. When they see that my playlist isn’t filled with songs that refers to women as bitches and men as niggas, when they see artistes…

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