Give thank Bantu Kelani
Yes I do agree that colorism is big issue. However, there are greater issues that if approached correctly will have an everlasting positive effect on even this issue. Wi as a people are in the mist of Unification not divisiveness and in order for wi to proceed farward wi must gear our energies in ways that will help this effort. Firstly, wi must heal from the victimization of slavery and it's effects that were imposed on us. Wi have to catagorize and isolate those pains and prioritize how wi deal with them. Wi also should learn not to be encombered with words and titles that seperate us. Unfortunately, this language (english) that wi inherited is ill equiped to enable us to properly express our needs fully to our people. So therefore wi must do the best wi can through Love, Humility, Overstanding and mostly through Action with the tools wi have.
I do realize that your intent may have been not to offend using the term negro/negroid, however you must realize that it did. When One realizes that there is a different point of view, One should also respect the fact that others may disagree. Once the element of respect has been placed you can then reason other ways (respectfully) of making your point.
As a dark dark dark skinned African Rastafari Woman, I am fully aware of the discrimination of darker skinned Africans. And yes I am aware of its prevelance throughout the world.
To I the words and the use of the words negro/negroid only sets us a progressive people backward and not farward. In a way it puts us back where the introduction and realization of our skin color differences occurred. Why go backwards when the goal for us right now is to unite and eradicate such seperatisms. I find the use of the words counter productive mentally as we are striving for unity at this time. So let us all be African and work on measures where we all regardless of hue fall under the indentity we give ourselves. After all we all came from Africa. Would it not make sense that wi use African to desribe ourselves?
One mountain at a time...that is all wi can climb...wi can't leap them all at once. I think a greater problem and a greater challenge is having to reach out to those of us who refuse to identify with Africa at all.
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