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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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.

Anyway, Thomas and Dormer are just two prominent examples of this phenomenon  Here’s a few more ...

Black man: Black

Black woman: Black

Black man with White wife: White

Black woman with White husband: Still Black to everyone but Black men

White man with Black wife: Kinda Black, actually

White man with White Wife but very Black-friendly politics and opinions: First Black president

White woman with Black husband: White woman!

Single White woman with very Black-friendly politics and opinions: Still White woman

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