“Not a member of the African diaspora” is a non-racist way to  rename whiteness.

It’s too wordy to be a good handle, but it is a reasonable meaning.

A test I’d apply to any alternative word for white is whether it captures me, a white of African descent. My grandmother was born in Africa*. Her parents or grandparents were from France. My father, her son, was born in Africa. His father was from Belgium. I was born in the US. So I am African-American but the one-drop rule would name me white.

There is also the smell test for alternative words. Is it violent or supremacist, like “master race” or “Aryan”?

“Non-diaspora” would pass both these tests.




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