Are you a #NewBlack?
African American Celebrities Who Think They Are New BlackIt must be nice to live in this bleak world rocking designer rose-colored sunglasses because race doesn't seem to exist. Pharrell Williams recently defined the phenomenon of being a Black person who is able to live beyond their own skin color: "A 'new black' is someone who doesn't blame other races for our issues. The 'new black' dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you’re gonna be on." Oh. Too bad racial profiling, structural racism and bigots don't give a mighty morphing fawk if you consider yourself a "pre-owned black" or "new black." Hit the flip to check out some African American celebrities who believe their Blackness ceases to exist just because they are famous, wealthy or live in their own little unicorn and rainbow filled race-free bubble....
Don Lemon “Think about just how much we’d get accomplished if we collectively viewed the people with whom we came into contact as just an American and not an American with a prefix,” he said. “If we did it for something arguably as trivial as a sporting event, surely we can do it for something as important as democracy — just as our founders did 238 years ago this week. Something to think about on this Independence Day.”
Clarence Thomas “My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out."
Chelsi P. Henry I’m often asked, “When did you become a Republican?” And my answer is the same every time: “I’ve always been one!” My mother gave birth to me when she was 16 years old, and we received government assistance during the first few years of my life. When I was growing up, she taught me the importance of making a budget and living by it. In our home I learned the importance of having a plan and delaying gratification for the things I wanted or thought I deserved. It meant generic brands instead of name brands and buying what I needed, rather than what I may have wanted. It meant living more conservatively.
Allen West “I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall. I don’t recall any doors clicking when I crossed the street. And I never had anyone clutching their handbag when I got on an elevator. I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.”