And you didn’t think of yourself as a black person?
It’s an invention. One has to learn to think of oneself that way. I have brown skin. I spend as much time in the sun as I can so that it will get even browner, but to call me black — what does this mean? This refers to a category. This refers to a race that we know is a social construct, that was constructed to support a sociopolitical and a socioeconomic hierarchy. And one need only ask who is black and who is white to understand that it’s easier sometimes when I tell people about this in the reverse. These are power categories, not cultural and certainly not biological ones.