kelani began very carefully by qualifying her use of the word NEGROID ( not NEGRO):
"I prefer using the term NEGROID than African as Negroid signify the dark-skinned black with wooly hair. I want to stress we are talking about people with a certain kind of African features that feel the brunt of discrimination and I am not using Negro in the derogatory sense"
I can understand your instinctive recoil at any hint of the use of the word Negro (note however, that she DID NOT USE IT) but pay attention to the qualifiers she placed on her usage of the word Negroid. It was meant in an anthropological sense, with out a hint of the racist ‘Negro’ of history. There are Africans that do not meet this phenotype of having ‘dark skin and wooly hair’ thus she felt compelled to make a distinction as to the Africans she was speaking of. As we have discussed in a post relating to a quotation from Cheik Anta Diop, when dealing with racism it is the phenotype that matters. Check the following post on racial classification by Ras Tyehimba:
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by Cheikh Anta Diop
A racial classification is given to a group of individuals who share a certain number of anthropological traits, which is necessary so that they not be confused with others. There are two aspects which must be distinguished, the phenotypical and genotypical. I have frequently elaborated on these two aspects.
If we speak only of the genotype, I can find a black who, at the level of his chromosomes, is closer to a Swede than Peter Botha is. But what counts in reality is the phenotype. It is the physical appearance which counts. This black, even if on the level of his cells he is closer than Peter Botha, when he is in South Africa he will live in Soweto. Throughout history, it has always been the phenotype which has been at issue; we mustn't lose sight of this fact. The phenotype is a reality, physical appearance is a reality.
Now, every time these relationships are not favorable to the Western cultures, an effort is made to undermine the cultural consciousness of Africans by telling them, `We don't even know what a race is.' What that means is, they do know what a yellow man is, they do know what a white man is. Despite the fact that the white race and the yellow race are derivatives of the black which, itself, was the first to exist as a human race, now we do not want know what it is. If Africans fall into that trap, they'll be going around in circles. They must understand the trap, understand the stakes.
It is the phenotype which as given us so much difficulty throughout history, so it is this which must be considered in these relations. It exists, is a reality and cannot be repudiated.
African Origin of Civilization by Cheikh Anta Diop
Civilization or Barbarism by Cheikh Anta Diop
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