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Name:
The Black by Choice Community
Membership:
Open
Posting Access:
All Members , Moderated
This is a community for people who are proud to say we've chosen to be black, or who are interested in reclaiming the idea of choice as one valid possible method of developing racial identity.

Posts in this community must be relevant in some way to the idea of specifically choosing to be black. There are many other general interest black communities available on LiveJournal in which you can post about general black topics not related to choice.

You are not required to consider yourself "black by choice" to participate in this community, but you are also not welcome to use this community as a place to insult, ridicule, or attempt to convert black by choice people to any other point of view. To behave this way in a black by choice community is just as rude as it would be for a hetero to join a queer community for the sole purpose of viciously appropriating queer culture and trying to convert themselves. This community is a place—perhaps the only place that many of us have—where we are allowed to discuss our experiences of choosing to be black with others who understand us, without having to be interrupted by rude people trying to tell us we can't possibly have experienced what we know that we did experience. If you do not identify as "black by choice" and you still want to participate in our community, you're welcome to—but only if you make very sure you enter it as an anthropologist seeking to understand, not as a missionary seeking to convert.

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