UK TV: CNN DOCUMENTARY (FULL) – WHO IS BLACK IN AMERICA?

CNN’s documentary ‘Who Is Black In America’ aired here yesterday.

Check out the documentary in full below.

What defines you? Maybe it’s the shade of your skin, the place you grew up, the accent in your words, the make up of your family, the gender you were born with, the intimate relationships you chose to have or your generation?

Soledad O’Brien discusses her new documentary, “Who is black in America?” and its look at the issue of colour.

[from mark 3:00]

Your thoughts please….

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  1. The topic should not be ‘who is black’. The topic should be about the history of this colourism complex, because history is what they have in common and it’s the only thing that bring understanding. They are just skirting around the real issue.

  2. And if the question is who is black why is the main focus on mixed race people, the presenter mixed race, the whole programme is almost run by mixed race people. It defeats the purpose and still the dark skinned people are in the background of the show. They should watch this show back and see that they are part of the problem with their perceptions. As for that North African girl identifying herself as black, nope you are not black. Africa is not all black. And i did not understand why the presenter had to heavily quiz the dark skinned girl for saying that her friend is not black(she had some good answers and was holding back, yet she is clearly a very intelligent young woman) instead of quizzing the north african why she thinks she is black. I mean the presenter did not even bother to question her reasoning and thinking. Why?
    Anyway, i am surprised this was shown on CNN.

  3. Anyone can be black, haven’t you heard. It is such a privilege for anyone to associate themselves with the lesser race, there is no criteria. KMT

  4. I think sometimes some people think that because they are discriminated against by white people, then it makes them black. If it wasn’t for the discrimination, I think there would be many people who would not claim black. I am surprised they did not ask the dark skinned girl if she considers herself black(there are some who would unashamedly say they are not), they automatically see her as black because of her skin colour, no questions.

  5. pulls up a chair…… sits back and chews on some bubblegum and wonders……….. when this episode of PLANET OF THE APES WILL FINISH… I NEVER KNEW A FILM COULD RUN FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF MY LIFE…

  6. lati :
    And if the question is who is black why is the main focus on mixed race people, the presenter mixed race, the whole programme is almost run by mixed race people. It defeats the purpose and still the dark skinned people are in the background of the show. They should watch this show back and see that they are part of the problem with their perceptions. As for that North African girl identifying herself as black, nope you are not black. Africa is not all black. And i did not understand why the presenter had to heavily quiz the dark skinned girl for saying that her friend is not black(she had some good answers and was holding back, yet she is clearly a very intelligent young woman) instead of quizzing the north african why she thinks she is black. I mean the presenter did not even bother to question her reasoning and thinking. Why?
    Anyway, i am surprised this was shown on CNN.

    Just thought I’d point out that you get many black North Africans. I have spoken to a number of Moroccans who have told me they have close family relatives who are as dark as Akon. It’s very possible for a North African to be black.

  7. I’ve been hearing alot about this documentary, but I’m not sure if I want to watch it, I’m tired of all these documentaries, it’s like we’re going around in circles. To me it seems like a smokescreen in the U.S like the Ni@@a debate to stop black people talking about the real the real issues that need to be addressed in the black community, like racism, black boys underachieving,black on black violence etc.

  8. I think the young lady who was crying during her poetry speech clearly had issues identifying herself as a woman of colour (let alone black) due to the non existent relationship she had with her mother. I think her mother not being around said a lot about her failing to identify herself. Interesting documentary, but didn’t really show me anything I didn’t know already.

  9. By reading some of the comments, people still confuse ethnicity AND race!

    They are many Black folks in North Africa( African,mixed Arab/Black African etc… ) and they are often treated as second-class citizen!! Arab trade slave predated the European one.

    Anyway according to some Blackness is measured by the trivial things ( such as skin colour, hair,feautures or a certain look etc..) ? They are many dark skinned folks or people with the so called “African features ” who are more mixed than some of the lighter counterparts.

    Also Africa is the most genetically diverse continent in the world, many Africans are mixed with Arabs, Europeans and Asian and I have never heard anyone claiming they are not Black? lol!

    Anyway,

    Although I don’t get the purpose of this type of documentary, I wonder what would have been the outcome of this one if filmed in Europe?

  10. Jan.27,2013 at 8:25
    I agree with the comments: I do not see the purpose of this type of show. I did speak with a Professor from England who had spent some time in one of our Black Colleges. Her comment to me was ” I learn about the term of “red bone” and I am aware of the discrimination regarding of color in your race. This is an embarrassment that people such as Sole dad and CNN would produce such a show. Also it creates inferior feelings in children who are darker in color. I doubt I will continue to turn to CNN to listen to their programs.

  11. This show was a waste of time! I watched and just shook my head… Soledad wasn’t too pleased with it as well. But it showed just how mixed up so many of our people are when it comes to identity….. Or shall i say knowing who they are… Red bone…we have so many names over here.. And their all stupid…..

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