As a black woman watching this, the thing that stood out the most to me was her white family's (particularly her mother's) complete lack of understanding of just how important our Black identity is to who we are as Black people. I think this speaks to the root of some of the issues that enabled her family and friends to ignore or avoid her blackness in the effort to remain comfortable in a simplified reality that they understood. If her mother truly could have grasped what she was taking from her daughter by removing her blackness from her identity, I wonder if she would have still made the same decision. This whole documentary could be used as an example for why the "colorblind" way of thinking about race is so problematic and can be so harmful to POC and can also speak to what an impactful and powerful thing Blackness is that I don't think a lot of white people truly grasp.
Another thing that really stuck out to me, that I think also speaks to the time that this documentary was created and how people's views change.... I found it very interesting that in her discovery of her blackness and her claiming of her newfound identity as a "black woman" she clearly stated that she no longer sees herself or identifies as a white woman. This was particularly interesting to me, because in her mind the two are mutually exclusive. She understands that she is biracial, but even though she was raised in a white culture and has lived life as a white woman for the majority of her life, the "one drop rule" is immediately something she attaches too and can either only see herself as white or as black, but not both. When discussing blackness with her college friends she says something along the lines of "I view being mixed as a part of blackness, but not as a part of whiteness". I found that very interesting and have my own feelings on the subject, but that need to make a choice is very interesting because it didn't seem like anyone was pushing her to make that choice. It was something she felt she needed to do.
Either way I think this was a brave endeavor and she is a lot more understanding and forgiving than I think I'd be.