This is where I feel I kinda disagree. In real life, I'm viewed as black and see myself as black, associate and feel some level of kinship because I fall under that construct. I also acknowledge that being black is nothing concrete and not racially based. It's made up and isn't firmly rooted in anything other than sub-saharan descendant which is obnoxiously broad.This is embarrassing. Just because we have soft hair and thin features doesn’t make us any less black. People can sometimes distinguish us from other blacks, or hold our looks to higher regard because they are less noticeably “afrocentric”, but we still aren’t a completely separate race. Nice try.
I also believe that there IS such a thing as 'less black'. Somalis tend to diverge a little from your average black phenotype AND culture. I know people use it against Somalis in a disparaging or dismissive manner, but in principle they're not wrong.