The Difference In Choice
by Perfectly Flawed
In a society where if it ain’t right unless it’s very light to damn near white, comes everybody’s favorite topic, “Colorism.” On the heels of Kodak Black’s self-hating comments, two terms are at the forefront, preference and discrimination. These words have been used interchangeably to describe a choice. For instance, if a black person said they only date outside of their race then they are choosing to discriminate. Now regardless if you agree or disagree with a person’s decision to date inter-racially is not the issue. In fact, love who you want and live in that world called, I don’t see color.
However, if or when you are called into question for anything pertaining to your darker hue do not ask, “Where my people at?” It may sound heartless but if an individual is discriminating against their same skin color then they have chosen the other team. Whether or not the other side has allowed sell outs and coons to become honorary members is another subject.
If it wasn’t so sad, the thought of not being attracted to what should have been a child’s first representation of beauty; it might be laughable. After all, who doesn’t date, marry, or have a relationship with a person that is apart of their race? Apparently black people do at the end of the day and that is definitely by design. Besides the greater intent to keep us from being in love with our selves, the preference factor needs to be addressed. To be specific it just means that you favor one complexion over the other but you date all shades of the melanoid rainbow.
So is it wrong for someone to say I prefer dark skin or light skin? Actually it is not, but if that person is bashing one color over the other then it bleeds into prejudice. Instead of all of this hoopla over who is the fairest, let’s remember that if it wasn’t for dark skin there would be no light. With everything else that has encapsulated our mindset from a racial perspective we have been turned upside down. Being light is considered beautiful, soft, innocent, and pure. While on the other end of the spectrum darkness is tough, scary, and ugly.
Black people, there isn’t just a veil over our eyes; we are suffering from white supremacist cataracts. Therefore, dark skin should be celebrated for its melanin richness not persecuted.
The Trouble With I
by Perfectly Flawed
Since the forceful arrival of the first African Americans in Jamestown back in 1619 the narrative of inferiority has been consistently preached. Everything from lying about historical events, to shaming natural beauty, and projecting negative ideologies has been perpetrated to maintain the system. Let’s not forget the main ingredient in the quest to break the mentality of a group of people which is physical violence. Sadly, since the bad guys have performed these great deceptions for about 500 years and still counting, we have become permanent victims. So what does this actually mean? Well, to put it mildly the enemy can “F*c*” with you at any time.
Of course, you know this already but it has gone beyond physical abuse, in fact it is more mental. Malcolm X once said, “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” With that being said unfortunately black people have done a piss poor job at reiterating self-love.
We have allowed ourselves to be corrupted by standards set by people who don’t look like us. This sickness for wanting to assimilate is to our detriment. Think of it this way if other individuals are emulating your sound or style of dress then they are trying to keep up. Speaking truth to power, there is no need to bend a bar downward in order to fit in, especially when you created it. From Chuck Berry being the pioneer of rock and roll, to Dr. Henry T. Sampson inventing the cell phone, our genius is copied and used but not appreciated. Racism and white supremacy’s job is to take everything from its victims while at the same time forcing them to apologize.
The hypocrisy just like the struggle is real. It has gotten to the point where every few days a suspected white supremacist makes a statement online that resembles something said in the 1800s. At this point the question has to be raised, “What are we going to do about it?” The most revolutionary act that you can do besides loving your self is to love your people. Granted, everybody can’t be saved nor is it your duty to waste time on those who hate what they see in the mirror. We stand on the shoulders of the “Great Ones” that went against the norm, risked death, and collectively believed in the motto Us not I.
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Are You PRO-Black?
by Perfectly Flawed
For many years now the word “Pro-Black” has been expressed as a negative connotation. Even to this day when people speak the term in a labeling manner some black individuals are quick to distance their selves from the word. Is it because the name carries a stereotypical physical identity, such as natural hair or dashikis? Regardless to the narratives that have been in most cases forced upon us, the title itself is far from bad. Look at this way if you are born black then by default you fit into this term. Meaning, everybody that is in the darker shade (African) family supports their race first. This also includes our lighter brothers and sisters as well. Breaking it down further, people that are of Irish, Polish, or Norwegian decent are usually classified as white in the United States. So is it safe to say that they are “Pro-White?”
According to dictionary.com the prefix pro means in favor of an idea or party to say the least. Getting more technical, it also coordinates with the word professional. Therefore, if you love and care for your people then you shouldn’t be ashamed to call yourself Pro-Black. Taking the focus off of race for just a moment, if football fans cheer for Dallas over the 49’ers then they are Pro-Cowboys. Now some may ask what does football teams have to do with race. Well, if you can applaud, represent, and go hard for a manufactured group then what about your own? Being born to a team of various skin colors, hair textures, and features for some of us is not good enough to claim.
Sadly, we have been brainwashed into thinking that every other team is better than ours. The deception is so strong that there is always a large number in the melanoid population rooting for or in favor of non-blacks being on top. Obviously wanting to see people that look like you win at this game called “Life” should be a no brainer.
However, not only do black people have to fight the enemy which is white supremacy but fellow comrades in the struggle. What may have started off as an assimilation tactic for African Americans to survive within an oppressive system has become a lifestyle. Instead of the overall goal being to move forward as a collective group, we tend to forget the past and individualize. You know the saying, I got mine forget yours. In a perfect world black people would have enough self-love to not fight over colorism, the scrapes massa throws, or who is doing better. It doesn’t matter if you are light skin, dark skin, or rocking your natural beautiful hair. What is important is standing up for your people and having their back. So going back to the question at hand, are you Pro-Black?
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