“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line — the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the Islands of the sea. It was a phase of this problem that caused the Civil War”.
The Souls of Black Folk was published in 1903 by William Edward Burghardt Dubois and there are still remnants of this problem in the second decade of the 21st century. From #TeamLightskin to #TeamDarkskin, the color line is still a factor within the black community. Separating ourselves into these subcategories is proof we believe in our own inferiority.
#TeamLightskin v. #TeamDarkSkin is “Good or Bad Hair” reincarnated in the contemporary era. The very study or inquiry between light skin African Americans and dark skin African Americans is detrimental to the unity of the black community. The black community has never been on the same page about anything and quick to blame everything on
BET Tyler Perry Ronald Reagan slavery. At what point does accountability come into play?
Hegel, a rather contradictory philosopher, said all great world-historic facts and personages appear, as to speak, twice. October 10, 1963, Malcolm X wrote a letter to the grassroots. He briefly offered a dichotomy between the house negro and the field negro.
“And today you still have house negroes and field negroes. I’m a field negro”
This ideology of dividing African Americans through a hierarchy based on skin color still permeates our society. It doesn’t take a genius to realize we are far from a post-racial society. Seriously, just take a look at Dr. Satoshi Kanawaza’s study Why Black Women Are Unattractive.
Black women are less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women. And there’s a scientific proof.
His main “scientific proof” was that African American women have existed longer in evolutionary history than other races. It’s a wonder why he didn’t study African American males in the same context. Dr. Kanawaza was fired from the London School of Economics.
What is the problem of the 21st century? #TeamLightSkin. #TeamDarkSkin. #TeamRaciallyAmbiguous. #TeamIvyLeague. #TeamMinaj #TeamCoonery. #TeamBourgeois. #TeamSexism. #TeamClassism. The list goes on and on. Organization becomes difficult when the masses are divided as so. To get over inferiority, change the way you think. Don’t be persuaded by propaganda. The media is quick to instill these stereotypes and enforce them into your self-conscious. It’s up to us, as a people, to destroy these stereotypes by not reinforcing them into our communities.
Recollect your thoughts don’t get caught up in the mix, cause the media is full of dirty tricks. -Tupac