Originally posted on Embracing My Shadow:

I was called an oreo when I was growing up. In the African American community this was not a term of endearment. It didn’t refer to how sweet I was. Rather it was social nomenclature that described my perceived character. In layman’s terms this word described me as one who, though I was black on the outside, was really white on the inside. As you might imagine this was not just about color. This term and those who used it were referring to my physical appearance and my norms, behaviors and mannerisms. For some reason I was viewed as an outsider within my own community and to this day, I am teased by family and friends alike in regards to my seemingly “non-black” behavior. Truth be told, this had a devastating effect on my identity…

This way of thinking brought so many other things to mind. For one, I wondered…

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Lateral Love™ Australia Lateral Love Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love™ Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonisation, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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3 Responses to

  1. Ricari says:

    White on the inside, i meant!

  2. Ricari says:

    Here in South Africa the term in ‘coconuts’ for blacks- dark on the outside and ‘white’ on the outside. I thought it was just our country that did this, seeing as how race is still such a touchy subject but you’ve proved me wrong. Seems like there’s douche-bags in every country!

  3. Great post. Be yourself no matter what anyone says.

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