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‘Grey’ is the new black

A short while ago a thought came to mind. I mentioned it back in a previous post, but now I’ve realised how potent it can be. I mentioned that I don’t like the term mixed race and gave other terms I’d use in place of it. However, I’ve decided to drop the use of mulatto/ mulatta. It’s unfashionable at best, offensive at worst.

Instead, to refer to half-‘black’ half-‘white’ people I’ll simply use either pardo/ parda (as they do in Samerica) or… ‘grey’!

Wait there. I’m gonna pour some Cheerios on your chest to make you feel better.

Yes I’m sticking with the should-be-outdated colour metaphors! Why? For the same reason I put black & white in quote marks when talking about people – to prove how stupid they are! MAYBE someone will finally get some not-so-common sense and notice that since no-one has literally grey skin*, no-one has literally black or white skin either!

* Bar people with argyria, like Rosemary Jacobs

Of course, this is just my thinking and no-one has to agree with me. If ‘mixed race’ people prefer other terms, it’s their identity at the end of the day not mine.

Interestingly, this means that most modern-day Asians could be classified as ‘grey’ too due to mixing of aboriginal ‘blacks’ & newcoming ‘whites’! Because it happened so long ago, they’ve forged new identities for themselves – Koreans, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs, Iranians, etc. All good, except that in this post-colonial global racist zeitgeist many people (including most Asians themselves) still think different skin colours & phenotypes = unique origins separate from everyone else.

Imagine that though; Asians being called ‘grey’ instead of brown or yellow! Let’s try it:

Pakistanis – ‘GREY’!
Arabs (ogling woman regardless of niqab) – ‘GREY’!
Filipinas – ‘GREY’!
Original Filipinas – ‘black’!
original Indian – ‘black’!
Bollywood Indian – ‘GREY’ (but damn near ‘white’)!
Australian – ‘GREY’!
Tasmanian – ‘GREY’!

Sounds weird. Meh, it’ll catch on I’m sure…    SuspiciousFace

A summary of where fair-skinned modern Egyptians came from


Yes, the terms ‘white’ & ‘black’ as we use them in the political/ post-TAST racial sense are anachronisms. But in terms of actual skin colour, ‘black’ is far more accurate than ‘white’ to describe ancient Egyptians. Their hues were well within the range of other Africans, both back then and today, and they saw themselves as completely distinct from ‘white’ people to the west and north of them. Modern Egyptians (especially in Lower, aka. north Egypt) are a different matter as they’re a different people.

And just a very few examples of how Kemetics (ancient Egyptians) depicted themselves: