Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim has lamented the use of the term ‘half-caste’ to refer to people like herself who are of mixed race, describing the term as most derogatory.
According to her, she was shocked when someone told her in a random conversation that he does not see her as a black woman because of the colour of her skin.
She wrote, “I had a random conversation the other day with someone and it was appalling when he mentioned passively to me that he doesn’t see me as a #Blackwoman! He argued, you are not “black enough” your skin isn’t dark enough, your hair not kinky enough”.
“And thus my siblings and I do not “count” as Black.
Now, this is exactly, what we are fighting to correct amongst ourselves and the world at large. I am a black woman! When I’m abroad amongst the whites, I am classified and recognized as a black woman, however, right amongst us Africans I’ll be referred to as a Half-Caste!”
“This is the most derogatory term to describe a person of mixed race or mixed ethnicity. We are referred to as mixed-race or multi-racial! Mixed race people are no less black than their dark-skinned counterparts. So, let’s all say NO to RACISM, TRIBALISM, COLORISM and SEGREGATION. Let’s teach and train our children to grow up and accept people for who they are and not by the colour of their skin”.