Re: What does it mean to be black in the 21st cent
Posted By: Ayinde In Response To: Re: What does it mean to be black in the 21st cent (selassielive)
Date: Sunday, 26 February 2006, at 7:38 a.m.
In Response To: Re: What does it mean to be black in the 21st cent (selassielive)
"Having read numerous posts about colorism on this site, I sight that some may be uncomfortable with the topic of colorism."
* Come on! You have been paticularly defensive (uncomfortable) in discussions on Colorism, so much so that you accused I of Willie Lynchism (a term that definitely cannot apply to dark-skinned Blacks) for sharing my views on the unsuitability of light-skinned and White ones to lead dark-skinned Blacks in a Black Movement.
You have not demonstrated that you have learnt anything from the Colorism debates on this board.
"The problem I have is the idea that the leaders of Afrikan movements have to be 100% Afrikan."
* After all that has been said on the subject, this is what you have gathered from the discussions? Be honest now, does your comment, "The problem I have is the idea that the leaders of Afrikan movements have to be 100% Afrikan." reflect what I have shared on the subject? Bantu Kelani recently gave a simple definition of what is meant by 100% African (http://www.rastafarispeaks.com/cgi-bin/forum/config.pl?noframes;read=67541). Bantu Kelani uses the term "negroid" type and I usually would say "dark-skinned kinky hair Black African".
"The problem I have is the idea that the leaders of Afrikan movements have to be 100% Afrikan. I have a problem with it because many, many Afrikans in America have some european genes in them somewhere down the line...also native american. Is it the fault of an individual that their ancestors mixed outside their race centuries ago...willingly or unwillingly?
Does his experiences as a Black man raised in Babylon ghettos disqualify him because he is not 100% Afrikan?
Where does merit come into the picture?
I have a problem because I sometimes get the vibe that there is an implication that only people from the continent are fit to lead an Afrikan liberation movement due to the fact that the majority of them are 100% Afrikan opposed to the Afrikan people in America."
* You are quite right when you said you have a problem. What VIBE you get could be as a result of your own attitude/defensiveness toward the subject. It would be good if you supplied quotes from what others said so we can all understand where your comments are coming from.
"Where does merit come into the picture?"
* You posted that question a while back and I responded to you on point. You did not challenge what I said then so it is rather strange that you are asking that question again as if it was never addressed. Here is one of the posts where I addressed merit a few years ago (August 2003 "No Colorless Rasta Movement" http://www.rastaspeaks.com/articles/18082003.html).
I can remember you responding to one of my comments with "let us agree to disagree" instead of pursuing the debate (no matter how heated) to get greater clarity. So if you are unclear about what I have stated on the subject that is really your fault.
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