Had to make this quick blog post about this topic. If you know me, you know I don't get down with that colorsim debacle. In the words of Q-Tip, "Black is Black." But I do watch these colorism conversations and debates in the cut. The overall consensus is that it's still alive, and it's still a criteria based on an irrelevant slave survival status that somehow crept its way into this modern era within the Black community. I don't know if any non-Black people read my blog, but if you do, hey you. Thanks for supporting my content, if you have no idea what is colorism, I got you fam. Colorism is a hierarchy system based on how light a Black person's skin is. This system came out of slavery on the plantations, these children more often than not were byproducts of rape; their father Master and their mother an African slave. The lighter skin Blacks (what we consider biracial today) were given preference over the darker skin African slaves. They were also given benefits like better treatment, responsibilities inside the Master's home instead of the field where the dark skin slaves were. They ate and dressed better, basically their slave experience was more tolerable. The colorism system caused a rift between darker skin and lighter skin slaves, due to race mixing and where they were assigned on the plantation. Fast forward today, Blacks still hold on to the concept of lighter is better and White is the best. I, personally never subscribed to this belief but I do hear on the consistent basis Black folks who say things like "I only date light skin girls." "You're pretty for a dark skin girl." "Team light skin." "I have a preference for light skin." "I want babies with light skin and good hair." "I have Indian in my family." All these remarks are to distance ourselves from Blackness, specifically darker skin because through White Supremacy and the education system Blacks (and everyone else) have been indoctrinated to believe anything Black is bad including themselves. All caught up? Good.
The reason why I'm making this post is because ever since Drake hit the scene darker skin Black men have been screeching at the top of their lungs about how these light skin men are soft, gay, effeminate, taking all the women, sissies, fake, emotional etc. I couldn't help but laugh and make a video about how Black Men Are The Biggest Haters. The reason I had to make that video is because I find it hilarious that Black men made it known through music, television, movies, social media, interviews, etc. that they don't like dark skin Black women. One particularly one hit wonder ex-rapper former reality show "star" named Yung Berg had the nerve to say "I don't do dark butts" during an interview that ultimately cost him his career. Dark skin Black women have been reduced to being placed in second rate and at best if her body looks sexually appealing that's all she could be good for, but no one has the feathers of Black men in a bunch like Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. He has been dominating the court for the past two and a half years and has been named a potential legend among the greats like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, etc., but that's not the only reason Stephen Curry has been receiving attention. Stephen Curry is the prototype for colorism. He's tall, athletic, racially ambiguous, with light brown eyes and "good hair" (loosely curled/wavy/straight hair). Women are making it known that this is the man they find appealing and darker skin Black men who don't have Stephen Curry's physical features are on a rampage calling out the double standard. What I find knee-slapping is these are the same men who made every excuse in the book to justify dating or lusting after a person based on the lack of pigmentation in her skin but when it comes to Black women using the same measuring tape they are salter than pretzels.
The memes of Stephen Curry are being cranked out in overtime because the Golden State Warriors are in the NBA finals against the Cleveland Cavilers. The Cleveland Cavilers are a great team with one of the most recognizable faces representing them, LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavilers is a team made up of dark skin Black men and these color struct Black men have taken it to petty social media to make the NBA finals personal; deeming it the battle between light skin vs. dark skin. Instead of using this opportunity to demand another Muhammad Ali or Jim Brown type of player, Black folks are more hung up with the pigmentation of the skin. In Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech I Have A Dream, he states: "they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This line also applies to Black folks yet this missed the heads of many of these men. These minuscule arguments allow me to understand movies like School Daze in a deeper manner, especially the part when the Gamma Ray sorority and the "Jiggaboos" were having a musical competitive fight scene in the beauty shop. In the past five five years, I'd say somewhere between the end of Barack Obama's first term and the George Zimmerman verdict Black people have become more "woke" to the system of White Supremacy. This has shifted the perception at least symbolically of how Black people view themselves and each other. This is why you see a great emergence of afros, Dashikis, shea butter, and incense. Today being Black and looking Black-ISH is cool. I said ish because it's all symbolic, hence, why colorism is STILL an issue within the Black community. It's not impossible to find a person wearing a fez use words like "redbone." We're "woke" to the point of protesting and hashtagging but spending money with each other, building the Black community, and kicking out the deviants that wreak havoc within the community, nah that's a force. We much rather pontificate instead of getting up, going out, and doing something.
I noticed that Black people love to say and do symbolic things but won't take action to make substantial moves, and this goes back to Beyonce's Formation video. As well intended it might have been what have we as a collective done but repeated the line "Negro nose and Jackson Five nostrils?" What have we done besides take Beyonce's command in getting into formation but not form a nation and I propose to you if India Arie or Erykah Badu said the exact same thing as Beyonce in a traditional Dahomey cultural attire Black people would have dismissed them as African Booty Scratchers. It took a light skin woman with Blond hair and European features to get Black folks of all shades to get into "formation." Something Nina Simone in her heyday couldn't do. We as Blacks tend to believe because we stopped going to Pastor Porkchop's service, stopped perming our hair and read a few Facebook posts that we understand the programming that slavery and the events afterward have done to our psyche. We think we comprehend our existence within this world and this system of White Supremacy. We still have trivial debates on skin color and put value of a person's leadership skills or importance based on how close he or she looks to Master Charlie. How can one be "woke" if the actions of being "woke" are the same as being "sleep?" Wouldn't that make you sleep walking, and if so when are you going to WAKE UP? *in my Laurence Fishburne voice* Leave your comments below under the blog tab. I want to read what you think.
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