That is if you think there is something wrong with being black. Inclusive communities don't look at the alien DNA contributor first but the contributor that makes you part of their group. Thus Black Americans tend to count those with any known black heritage as fully black as the newest African immigrant from a nation with zero colonization.
Other groups like Filipinos are the same, a metizo is as fully Pinoy as a Filipino from an isolated province with no Spanish, American or Japanese fathers in their history.
I agree with you Raja. Some of us already had this conversation on the To All the Boys I've Loved Before board in the Movies forum.
To quote In2You:
I would just love to know how all of this would work on TV. Should TV execs only cast someone who looks like Jordan Peele as the son of a mixed race family because he is? What about an actress who looks like Lena Horne? She's the exact same color as Jordan Peele, but identified as black and I believe had two black parents. According to you that would be impossible because as a black woman she could only have 10% European ancestry (from rape, no less.) Along those lines we also have Sinbad (two black parents) and Lenny Kravitz (one black, and one white parent), but Sinbad is much lighter skinned than Kravitz, and has the same texture hair.
Sometimes there is, sometimes there's not. I could go on with more examples. Malcolm Gladwell and Sinbad, Colin Powell vs. Keegan-Michael Key, Ava Duvernay and Melissa Harris-Perry, Yara Shahidi and Essence Atkins. The issue when we're addressing colorism, or featurism really should be the features, not the supposed ad-mixtures of the actors because as many mixed-race kids will tell you they don't all come out looking the same. I have many mixed friends who talk about how strangers will identify their siblings and theirselves as difference races based on one coming out a little lighter or with kinkier hair or with a narrower nose or whatever.
FWIW, prior to this last decade I have felt that American media has had a way bigger issue featuring black women with nappy hair than featuring darker skinned black women. I mean, look at those old episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Hillary had very kinky hair, but I would not call it nappy. Also, none of the women Will dated had nappy hair, even though some, such as Naomi Campbell, were darker to dark-skinned. Also Will's other female cousin, Ashley, would have been considered medium-dark where I'm from, but that hair was definitely not nappy. This goes for a lot of black actresses in television. Camille Winbush, Maia Campbell, Gabrielle Union, Rozand "Chilli" Thomas, Ananda Lewis, etc. I would say only in the past ten years have black women really been allowed to have nappy hair and still get cast as the ingenue, and even then it's still rare. Really, Hollywood's having a 3b-4a moment right now: Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Michelle Hurd. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more 4b/4c, especially on darker skinned actresses. It seems like if you have one, they won't let you have the other.