WHO IS BLACK???
“There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct... it has a social function, racism.”
- Toni Morrison
Race and racism are socially constructed concepts created to establish an artificial hierarchy among human beings with White people at the top and Black people at the bottom. In America, anyone with one drop of African blood is considered "Black." Although many people think that the concepts of race and racism have been with us since the beginning of time, they are both modern ideas. They were developed approx. 400 years ago to justify the permanent enslavement of Black people by White people, and to legitimize White rule over all non-Whites. However, there is no biological basis for race and certainly not for racial superiority.
While the BAF acknowledges that there is no such thing as a “Black” race, we recognize that racial ideology is real and continues to have negative consequences for Black people and people of color the world over. Therefore, there is a social and political basis of Black identity and Black unity. From this context we view Black people as those who share a common motherland - Africa, a common history, a common culture and a common problem - racism. We are not here to assert that Black people are racially or culturally superior to anyone. There is no such thing as racial superiority. Our purpose in defining who is "Black" is to clarify who our program is created to serve and why.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro." The Black Achievement Fund is here to do just that - provide Black people with a special economic stimulus program that is dedicated exclusively to improving the economic and social conditions of Black people and their communities.