Race is a social construct. Many of us, including me, identify as one race or another. Still, at no point should anyone tell someone else what he or she is or how to identify. That is a personal decision that each and everyone of us should embrace. That includes Beyonce, who is featured in a L’Oreal commercial touting the benefits of Color Match.
Beyonce outlines her heritage as African-American, Native American, and French. That’s her right. Others though, particularly African-Americans, have taken issue with the list. They don’t dispute that Beyonce is what she says she is. They say it purposely makes her less black, and there’s nothing worse in the world these days than not being black enough or trying to act white.
I don’t see Beyonce’s heritage as a threat to black culture or a slap to all of her fans, many of whom are African-American. I see it as someone who really knows who and what she is, and embracing it. Why is that so threatening?