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Juliet Ibrahim frowns at being called Half-Caste, says it’s a derogatory term

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Juliet Ibrahim frowns at being called Half-Caste

Liberian-born Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim has taken to social media to lament bitterly about how people identify her as a ‘half-caste’ and not a pure black woman, in the wake of protests against racism towards blacks in America.

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The mother-of-one, in a post on her Instagram page, told a story of how someone challenged her on not being “black enough” to be called a black woman because of her skin colour.

Juliet says she finds the term ‘half-caste’ very derogatory to describe a people of mixed race or mixed ethnicity.

She wrote: “I had a random conversation the other day with someone and it was appalling when he mentioned passively to me that he doesn’t see me as a #Blackwoman! He argued, you are not “black enough” your skin isn’t dark enough, your hair not kinky enough. And thus my siblings and I do not “count” as Black.

“Now this is Exactly, what we are fighting to correct amongst ourselves and the world at large. I am a black woman! When I’m abroad amongst the whites, I am classified and recognized as a black woman, however, right amongst us Africans I’ll be referred to as a Half-Caste! This is the most derogatory term to describe a person of mixed race or mixed ethnicity.”

She continued, “We are referred to as mixed race or multi-racial! Mixed race people are no less black than their dark-skinned counterparts. So, let’s all say NO to RACISM, TRIBALISM, COLORISM and SEGREGATION.

“Let’s teach and train our children to grow up and accept people for who they are and not by the colour of their skin.”

Juliet Ibrahim was born in Liberia to a Lebanese father and a Liberian mother. She and her siblings spent most of their childhood in Lebanon and Ivory Coast due to the then Liberian war.

 

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I had a random conversation the other day with someone and it was appalling when he mentioned passively to me that he doesn’t see me as a #Blackwoman ! He argued, you are not “black enough” your skin isn’t dark enough, your hair not kinky enough. And thus my siblings and I do not “count” as Black. Now this is Exactly, what we are fighting to correct amongst ourselves and the world at large. I am a black woman! When I’m abroad amongst the whites, I am classified and recognized as a black woman, however, right amongst us Africans I’ll be referred to as a Half-Caste! This is the most derogatory term to describe a person of mixed race or mixed ethnicity. We are referred to as mixed race or multi-racial! Mixed race people are no less black than their dark-skinned counterparts. So, let’s all say NO to RACISM, TRIBALISM, COLORISM and SEGREGATION. Let’s teach and train our children to grow up and accept people for who they are and not by the color of their skin.

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Written by Eugene Nyavor

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