WHAT IS A BLACK PERSON?
Commonly used definitions of white, black, Asian, Arab, Latino, etc, today are l o o s e l y based upon appearances. There are so many exceptions to classifications using this scheme that it does not provide for precise definitions. (See PBS Brazil in Black and White on YouTube in 9 parts)
This problem is simply solved by adopting the following definition:
Black person = victim of racism; i.e., any person who is not white.
*Term is contemporary with what a person is doing at the time he/she is doing it. Example: A “diner” is person who is dining at the time of interest.
People often are unaware that definitions are catalogs of the way words are used; and that, as such, a definition can be changed simply by using a word differently. When considering the definition above for “black person,” assess its truth. Ask yourself if a specific person who would commonly be called “Asian,” “Latino,” “Jewish, ”etc., can, at times, do all the things a white person can do— including determining who is a black person.
Definitions should be engineered to help reveal truth in order to replace white supremacy with justice. There are commonly used definitions of many important terms that are not designed to produce justice. For example, the commonly used definition for “Racism” is “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.” etc. As a counter-racism practitioner, I prefer:
Race-ism = White Supremacy = the dominant socio-material system of the known universe in which each individual/independent person who classifies HIMSELF/HERSELF and is accepted as “white” unjustly subjects to him/her all persons that HE/SHE classifies as not white. These individual/independent persons are united in this ultimate purpose. This system operates in all areas of people activity including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war/health.
Counter-racism is built upon the re-engineering of definitions of words. The aim of redefining is to better reveal truth for the purpose of promoting justice. When using the re-engineered terms, one should expect resistance; usually on the grounds that the new definition is not the definition that is commonly accepted. However, for white supremacy to be replaced with justice, many things must change.
That some victims of racism get treated better than other victims has no bearing on the correct definition of a “black person.” That most lighter-skinned “buffer” victims despise darker skinned people has no bearing on the correct definition.
Generally, the buffer is leveraged from the 8th area of people activity; sex. Instead of singlemindedly focusing on eliminating white supremacy, many darker-skinned people have aspired to lessen the mistreatment by engaging in sexual arrangements with white people directly or with the less mistreated, lighter-skinned, straighter-haired buffers. It is even relatively common for people to use toxic substances on their skin and hair in the attempt to change their appearance to some version of a “buffer-person.” Distinctions between groups of victims of racism are a nutrient for the system of racism/white supremacy. A single-minded focus on the problem of racism/white supremacy is a poison to it.
The writer is a black person at the time that you read this. She suffers from the stress that comes from chronic, involuntary financial insecurity that would not exist if she were a white person with identical credentials.