Ghanaian actress, film producer, singer and humanitarian Juliet Ibrahim who is of Lebanese, Ghanaian and Liberian descent has described ‘half-cast’ a word mostly used to describe her as derogatory.
Juliet was born in Liberia to a Lebanese dad and a Liberian mother which which some people mostly refers to as half-cast.
In an instagram post, she posted what someone wrote about her not being Black which made her feel disrespected.
“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,” she posted
The 2010 Ghana Movie Awards best actress also talked about colorism while discussing prejudice which has been a prevailing discussion lately.
“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 color of their skin.”