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So this post is mostly about semantics. I’m spending a lot of time thinking about semantics and power. And one word I’m thinking of in particular is the word Black.

I am Black.

And please don’t say I’m a black.

It upsets me to hear “blacks.” It dehumanizes, it forces me to just be black. The thing is I am Black, and I’m more than that, but Black is a proper adjective.

Also, I’m not African-American. I mean technically I am, but really I’m a child of the Diaspora. My connection to Africa is severed, and is now largely a creation of imagination.

So if you want to describe me, you can call me Black, or just call me Royce.

I’m going to explore this idea in greater detail later.