The 'Black Card': Who Gets One, and Who Gets to Keep It?

Very Smart Brothas' Damon Young -- inspired by reactions to Christopher Dorner but also referring to figures like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- tries to unpack what makes us decide that some folks are authentically black while we retract others' racial credentials.

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White woman genuinely down for the cause: Good try, but always and forever a White woman ...

Read Damon Young's entire piece at Very Smart Brothas.

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