Black and White (04:39)
Tiger Woods says he is not black. According to a Newsweek poll, 34% of Americans who are classified as black want to be identified as something else. Tony Brown introduces panelists Charles Byrd, Betty Turko, and Dr. Clayton Majete.
Turko runs Getting Interracial Families Together (GIFT) and identifies as multiracial and multicultural. The "one drop" rule makes black a subpopulation, not a biological definition. Critics say that people who distinguish themselves as multiracial are running away from being called black.
Rule of Hypodescent (03:11)
The "one drop rule" is a cruel legacy from slavery embraced by the African American community. Brown prefers to identify as black. Turko would not deny any part of her heritage.
Color and Alienation (04:29)
In interracial families, the parent who does not resemble the physical characteristics of the child is alienated. Dr. Majete explains that from a political point of view , it is better to identify as black.
Multiracial Children (03:39)
Panelists discuss empowering children who are multiracial. Brown discusses youth choosing to be identified as black. Tiger Woods and Mariah Carey consider themselves multiracial.
Social Recognition (04:26)
Byrd discusses Henry Louis Gates writing that Anatole Broyard was black. The American racial caste system does not give multiracial children the option to be white. Panelists debate self-identification and culture.
Credits: White, Black, or None of the Above (02:19)
Credits: White, Black, or None of the Above
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