The Friday Stand-In 2016

Black Identity: What does it mean to be Black?

Vusi Thembekwayo, this week's #FridayStandIn delves into the contentious issue of 'blackness' and 'black identity.

The psychology of ‘black identity’ is a multidimensional and dynamic construct that develops over time.

Joining Themekwayo is musician Simphiwe Dana and Leslie Dikeni, an independent researcher who focuses on issues around the effects of history on our social identity.

When you say you are black what exactly does that mean; how have we framed the construct of black identity...what legitimises ones blackness and what doesn't.

Vusi Thembekwayo

We are not our skins; you can talk about culture, you can talk about language, these are things we can use to describe who we are as people.

Simphiwe Dana, Musician

Why this obsession with colour?

Leslie Dikeni,independent researcher

Blackness is whatever black people decide it is.

Simphiwe Dana, Musician

This article first appeared on 702 : Black Identity: What does it mean to be Black?


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