Posted By: Eja In Response To: Re: ???!!!!!!!!!! (selassielive)
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, at 11:39 a.m.
In Response To: Re: ???!!!!!!!!!! (selassielive)
".....Wash dark colours seperately"
An instruction familiar to all who use washing machines. Also, "Wash light colours with care..."
One explains the thing called colourism and the other explains the preferred process when it comes to talking about colourism. One explains the creation of colourism, and the other explains how it is kept alive.
I said at from the beginning that the main points would be avoided, and they were. I asked, why promote the primacy of symbols that are only DIRECTLY related to a MINORITY instead of trying to move closer towards what WE ALL have in common?
Meaning : Ground this movement towards unity on something that is REAL, ETERNAL AND UNCHANGING.
Yes, I used the word BLACK. You identify yourselves as an African, what did the first Africans look like? And what is wrong with asking that they be put back on the throne?
It would take six generations for a 'white', mixed into the African gene pool, to lose it's racial characteristics.
Six generations equals three hundred years max. How is it that we know of mixed race communities who have lived among Black Africans for thousands of years and yet still carry distinctive marks of thier mixed ancestry?
How did this happen?
Was it (a) A miracle, or (b) From direct policies of selective breeding (on the individual and mass-level)?
Now, I did not create this reality, it is there for all to see. Yet, when one brings it up, one is told about 'tribalism' and skin-tone prejudice. One is willie lynching. But, when we talk about unity, are we talking on a world-wide level or just among those who agree with each other? The funny thing here is, the ones who are currently engaged in a subtle reinforcement of colorism (a tool of disunity) acclaim themselves as agents as unity. This idea of unity looks a lot like what the 'white' calls 'liberty and freedum'.
There are brown skinned kinky haired Africans in Basra : they are called Iraqi and, there are black skinned straight haired Africans in Kerala that are called Indians. Who is defining what this 'unity' will look like? Who is defining what Africans world-wide are going to unite around? All I hear are vague soundings, fine talk about 'what we have in common'. What is the ONLY THING that one in Florida has in common with the ones in Daker, Kerala or Basra? And, why are we not looking for a way to express this?
What is the point in going on like we are all in agreement about the unity concept, that we do not need to talk about the divisions that exist? Let me state this for the record : to me, being mixed was never just a matter of skin-tone. Sometimes, that IS a factor, but in the main, being of mixed heritage has being MORE ABOUT ORIENTATION. So, you have the black as night janjaweed who will kill you for calling him an African and, you have BLACK people in Martinique who identify themselves as french (i.e. 'white' heritage) and who would take it as an insult if you refered to them as Africans. So, we have to ask what call these people heard : What was it that caused them to willingly mis-identify themselves?
This is where talk on icons and what these icons LOOK like becomes important.
If what we are after is compromised, then is it truly liberation or, will that seed, the element of compromise, not grow in future to be a tree whose roots will destroy the foundation of what we are trying to build? The answers to these questions are all around us.
Black Africans have never tried to seperate themselves from mixed heritage Africans, it has always been the other way round and, what any honest mind ought to be occupied with at this moment is to search for the reasons why this has happenned in the distant and near past. This is not a made up division. IT EXISTS. And, the only ones who will say 'lets not change anything' are those who wish for things to continue as they are.
I am asking OBVIOUS questions : if the way things have been going are anywhere near good enough, then why are we still deteriorating in the collective sense? I would say that this is because the tools we have depended on to build the African nation are either useless or that they have not being used properly. I would also say that we need to pause and check ALL our first principles (especially certain things that we take for granted). Look at the foundations, and if neccesary, begin to construct a new foundation. Which must be something that ALL Africans can identify with.
A message needs to be devised that every African can understand. And we need to start by asking, what can we tell ones like the janjaweed? What can you say to an African, who sees himself as being an arab (i.e. 'white')?
What words will you use to cure him?
How is the message of African unity going to be brought to ones who take being reffered to as an African (or even a Black) as a great insult?
What language/concept can be used to re-build the sense of oneness which is essential if Africans are ever to stand up in this world on thier own terms?
What is wrong with suggesting that if we are going to have a figurehead, then it should be one that looks like the majority of us? One who is mixed, if his/her heart is sincere, can look at a dark skinned African and see him/her self. They will see where they came from. The reverse is not true.
Yet, one who says this, or even hints at it, is accused of having a complex. Having a complex comes from having something to defend, something which can not stand on its own because it is incomplete : a lie. So, if you want to prove that any of the above is coming from a complex, show the lie.
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