Fabulous and fearless CNN reporter Soledad Oâ€™Brien tackles yet another taboo topic in the black community â€“ the issue of â€œcolorismâ€, in her upcoming series â€œWho Is Black In Americaâ€.
As a follow-up to her now five-year-old â€œBlack In Americaâ€ specials, this new series will come face-to-face with the unspoken system in which persons with dark skin are treated differently, depending on how dark they are. Oâ€™Brien also explores the question of â€œWhat makes a person black?â€ Given her own interracial background Soledad shares why she identifies herself as black:
“I would say Iâ€™m black because my parents said Iâ€™m black. Iâ€™m black because my motherâ€™s black. Iâ€™m black because I grew up in a family of all black people. I knew I was black because I grew up in an all-white neighborhood. And my parents, as part of their protective mechanisms that they were going to give to us made it very clear what we were”
The series airs Sunday December 9th 8pm on CNN. Will you be tuning in?Â