While many people of mixed racial backgrounds accept being called an African-American, a number of them reject the “one drop rule.” They feel that being labeled Black or African-American forces them to choose being Black exclusively and to reject the other ethnic groups that contributed to their genetic makeup. In an interview with BET’s “106 & Park,” singer Keyshia Cole said she didn’t fit the criteria for “Black Girls Rock” because she is biracial.
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We Didn’t Land on Plymouth Rock — That Rock Landed On Us
Some Blacks born in the United States do not consider themselves to be American at all. They believe themselves to be more culturally and genetically tied to Africa, despite the fact their ancestors had their homes, languages, and spiritual systems stripped away by the transAtlantic slave trade.
Malcolm X voiced this sentiment in a 1964 speech: “We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock — that rock landed on us.”