www.aspeninstitute.orgWhat It Means to Be Both Black and Indigenous - The Aspen InstituteThousands of people in the United States identify as Black-Indigenous or Afro-Indigenous. Meet three members of this community.The histories of Black and Indigenous peoples in the US are interwoven yet the relationship is often ignored.
Black and Indigenous at the same time! This is pure bad dream as it means not black nor native. If someone is black but native, others would think twice before making any comment as they would think that the person is native so he/she may know more than the person who is commenting. Similarly, if someone is not black nor native then at least he/she has the chance to be counted as native because of the color. Imagine both black and Indigenous at the same time then others would not think once before commenting on them as they may think the person is black and not native so he/she may not know anything about any rights. This is exactly what the article trying to explain.
This article is crazy to me because you would think that people would have stopped making assumptions about peoples lives and background just from how they look. Assuming someone's race can not only come off as rude, even if you had no intention of it, but can be racist. In the article after she had been asked "what are you?" for the hundredth time basically it made her stop and question her entire identity just because of others assumptions. It is not fair that others ignorance causes someone else to have to rethink their identity.
The points brought up in this article and the underlying themes and message are incredibly relatable on an immensely personal level. People often assume race and ethnicity solely based off of physical attributes and the stereotypes associated with them. If a person looks Black, and speaks Spanish (as I do), then they are automatically assumed to be Dominican (which I am not). As one of the commenters in the article mentioned, because he did not look a certain way, he could not possibly Black. What make a person Black to society? What makes a person Latina enough to be considered a part of the Hispanic/Latin community?