“If you don’t know where you’re from, you don’t know where you’re going.” We’ve recently seen Q-Tip, ?uestLove and Black Thought trace their ancestry back to various parts of Africa, and it’s really one of the most profound experience one may come across. It really is bigger than hip-hop. As a part of our Black History Month tribute, I’m throwing some new knowledge out there, hope y’all will catch it, understand it, and be more aware that nothing is ever black and white.
I’m not Black, I’m Colored… addresses what North America may call ‘shadeism,’ but what South African’s call belonging to a race. The Cape colored race is/was one of four racial groups documented by the Apartheid government regime. This documentary explores this race, which is a mixed race composed of anything from native Khoisan to Malaysian to Asian. Whereas in North America, we have been taught the term ‘colored’ is oppressive and wrong, it’s a life for many living in South Africa.
On a sidenote, if you haven’t yet, check out the Ladies Love Lyrics Too posting of Jean Grae’s verse off Talib Kweli’s “Black Girl Pain,” addressing what it is to be coloured.
Here’s the trailer to the documentary, as we aren’t allowed to stream it on the site. Full documentary is here.
I’m Not Black, I’m Coloured – Trailer