Racism. Don’t stop.
Inequality. Won’t quit.
I intend to win.
Last night, my wife and I started watching the documentary “Dark Girls”. In a word it was “painful”. No matter how long I’ve witnessed and been a part of this issue, it’s always sad to be reminded about how deep the issues with skin color run in the Black (African-American/African) community.
That being said, I am very aware of how Colonialism and Imperialism have nearly impacted the view of the entire world when it comes to skin pigmentation and melanin. White Jesus, darker people all over the globe treated like second class citizens or in some cases animals, negative stigmatization, self hate, classicism, and a myriad of other issues stemming from the continuous attempts to whiten our society through art, the selective retelling of history, law, religion, and the negative portrayal in the media.
With that in mind, I will say this: If you don’t read or listen to anything else I say, I need you to know that God made you “Beautifully Perfect” just the way you are… Dark skin, light skin, white skin, brown skin, caramel skin, mocha skin, red skin, freckled skin, spotty skin, or whatever you’ve been blessed with. If it’s the way God made you, then you are beautiful and you shouldn’t listen to anyone trying to tell you otherwise. I Love You.
Racism. Don’t stop.
As we move from celebrating the birth of Dr. King, to saturating our Social Networks with messages encouraging our friends and family to support Red Tails, with Black History month fast approaching, and our soon to be overzealous desire to exaggerate all things black approaches epic proportions as we pepper the internet with little known black history facts about historical greats such as WEB Dubois, Carter G. Woodson, Charles Drew, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), and Benjamin Banneker, occurrences like Black Wall Street, and places such as Kemet three thoughts come to my mind.
1.) Thank goodness no one has made a movie titled Black Tail.
2.) Even though we live in a racist society we have to resist the urge to allow our legacies to be defined by race. For one race is a human creation that should have never been used to differentiate people. Two, your race shouldn’t be treated as a handicap; such and such person is great considering her/his blackness and all that they had to overcome. The people we celebrate for Black History month are people that are great regardless of what race we (the humans) choose to classify them as. Let’s give them their due and quit short changing their accomplishments by calling them black greats. They are plain and simply GREAT…….
3.) Black History did not start with slavery!!!