You and I are not part of a “we” Kevin. I am one of “them”. I have never pretended to be something that I am not. But I have also never allowed myself to be defined by the color of my skin.
No, that does not mean that I have not been judged simply because I was brown(I’m more mocha than anything, so I don’t use the term black). It does not mean that everyone has been forced to treat me fairly or with respect simply because I refuse to be my skin color.
What it means is that I choose to exist as I would exist. I choose to react to people who would degrade me on MY terms, not theirs. Fully aware of the consequences when their might outweighs my right.
That is reality. I do not try to bend it to what I want it to be. I accept it for what it is and bolster my position by associating with those who judge me on more than what color I happen to be.