Cue: “The term Blackfishing has recently been coined on social media. It is a word used to describe a person pretending to be black mainly by the way they appear. The term was generated after a couple Instagram influencers were exposed as carrying out blackfishing. The phenomenon has since sparked the debate of what we can claim as our identities and where we draw the line with different races”
IN: “Being racially ambiguous…”
OUT: “…there’s going to be an issue there”
It seems nowadays that the way we choose to self identify has become more and more fluid. But what happens when we cross the lines that are apparently kind of sacred and individual to a specific group of people? I spoke to three contributors, who, by nature alone, already cross these boundaries on how they self identify, and how they feel about these so called transracial people.
Sarah, the first speaker is half German, half Ghanaian, but she only identifies as German. This is mainly due to the fact that she grew up in Germany and relates closely with the culture there. Rosa, on the other hand is British. Despite having a family of mixed backgrounds, she only identifies as, to be more specific, herself. And finally, Viv, still identifies with the culture she was raised on which is Angolan, despite growing up in England.