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I Am Black, Not Half-Caste – Juliet Ibrahim

Juliet Ibrahim

Beautiful Ghanian actress, Juliet Ibrahim has submitted that referring to a mixed-race person as a “half-caste” is racist.

The actress who has featured in many Nollywood movies said all forms of racism, tribalism, colorism, and segregation of the human race must be avoided.

She took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her opinion which she said was born after a chat with an unknown man who said he doesn’t see her as a black person because of the colour of her skin.

She said the man noted that some of her physical features including hair texture and skin colour does not qualify her as a black woman.

She however disclosed she is a complete black woman adding that using the term ‘half-caste’ is a derogatory term in referring to a person of mixed race or mixed ethnicity.

See what she wrote:

“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.”

Below is her original post on Instagram:

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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.

A post shared by Juliet Ibrahim (@julietibrahim) on Jun 9, 2020 at 9:05am PDT

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