On that note: What if I told you that almost all Black Americans have mixed ancestry? We’re not pure Africans. We’re ‘historical mutts.’ African Americans are unarguably a new ethnic group. A small population of people that are physically and culturally distinct from Africans.
The story of being Black in America could be summed up by telling you that Blackness is a memory. It’s a memory of the harshness, the inhumane cruelty that your mother’s grandmother undoubtedly went through. It’s the memory of the hard life your grandmother endured. It’s the memory of your own mother saying, “Stay calm. They won’t hurt you.”