Re: Racism, Colorism and Power
Posted By: Eja In Response To: Racism, Colorism and Power *LINK* (Ayinde)
Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, at 3:21 p.m.
In Response To: Racism, Colorism and Power *LINK* (Ayinde)
"Ignoring it will not make it go away. It never has. It never will. If history teaches us anything, it demonstrates when things that can harm us are intentionally ignored they will eventually return with a vengeance on those arrogant, fearful or even careless enough to dismiss them. Universal law does not allow us to perpetually sweep pain under a rug. It accumulates until there is too much to be contained. Then, it returns like "chickens coming home to roost." "
I swear this on my life, sometime last night, the first three sentences in that extract crossed my mind, almost word for word.
This thing is not new, and the way it keeps springing up and then crying foul when all one is doing is ACKNOWLEDGING it is, like you said in another post, cause for suspicion....
I think we need not only to acknowledge it but to keep bringing it foward until ALL Africans admit the existence of this disease.
They cry foul, yet, I have never heard of an instance when one suffered because one was not Black enough. I originally mentioned Ethiopia, Rwanda/Burundi and northern nigeria. However, colorism is also an issue (sometimes of life and death) in places like the Sudan, Brasil, Mauretania and the Dominican Republic. How is it that we can point to so many examples if this thing was, as some would say, a 'phantom menace'? What happenned in Rwanda in 1994 should serve as a warning of the severe damage that is already existant within the African psyche. Yet, some would look away as if to say, "as long as it aint deadly yet, dont mention it."
Rwanda in 1994 was an explosion of ancient grievances. People talk of it now as if it were MERELY some random act of mass insanity. Yes it was, but, the key word is 'merely', it was not merely a random act of mass insanity, it was an act of insanity/desperation that happened because the ordinary Hutu were determined that the ones who had used generations of them as serfs would not return to power. There were opportunists within (and outside) that group, but, there always are, and they are only able to mis-lead the general populace to further thier own agendas because of previous mis-education.
Africans of all shade need to wake up and find the strength to confront ALL problems, not only subjectively, but also objectively.
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