Juliet Ibrahim Complains About Being Called a Half-Caste
Nollywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim in new post has talked about her struggles with identity as a multi-racial woman.
The actress was born in Liberia to a Lebanese father and a Liberian mother. She and her siblings spent most of their childhood in Lebanon and Ivory Coast.
In her post, the author wrote than some Black people refuse to identify her as a black woman because her “skin isn’t dark enough, her hair not kinky enough.”
Meanwhile, White people only see her as Black.
She also wrote about how she’s often referred to as half-caste educating people that it’s a derogatory word.
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“I had a random conversation the other day with someone and it was appalling when he mentioned passively to me that he doesn’t see me as a #Blackwoman ! He argued, you are not “black enough” your skin isn’t dark enough, your hair not kinky enough. And thus my siblings and I do not “count” as Black.
“Now this is Exactly, what we are fighting to correct amongst ourselves and the world at large. I am a black woman! When I’m abroad amongst the whites, I am classified and recognized as a black woman, however, right amongst us Africans I’ll be referred to as a Half-Caste! This is the most derogatory term to describe a person of mixed race or mixed ethnicity.
”We are referred to as mixed race or multi-racial! Mixed race people are no less black than their dark-skinned counterparts. So, let’s all say NO to RACISM, TRIBALISM, COLORISM and SEGREGATION. Let’s teach and train our children to grow up and accept people for who they are and not by the color of their skin.”
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