just to make a quick response.
Rasi, first, I do not think we are on the same page as far as context.
This is not a "see if you can name any lights...and you see if you can name any darks" competition.
As far as Marcus Garvey, you hit the nail on the head. He was indeed of the "Afrikan phenotype" and he would have served the Afrikan liberation issues well almost as good as a female would have.
Let's take (RIP) Hon. Tubbs-Jones. Although she was dark, she still served WITHIN the system and more significantly was but a COG in the system.
When we talk about Obama, we must sight that he is a PINNACLE...a molded, shaped pinnacle/chief. Its the pinnacle that is important within the dominance of white/male supremacy because the first step of softening up indigenous minds and hearts is to indoctrinate singular white/male leadership and dominance. So any quality that fits all or most of those aspects is often encouraged and promoted by the european controllers.
Caucuses, no issue.
Congresspersons, no issue.
Senators, no issue.
BUT, when we talk SINGULAR HEADS within european influence or control, you will unequivocally see mostly lights, plain and simple...MOSTLY not ALWAYS. There are always exceptions. But let us be honest to notice the trend or majority.
Are you in doubt of what Leslie said about how lights, since emancipation, gained preference and benefit and why? Perhaps that is where any discrepancy lies. We need to see eye to eye on the mulatto/biracial preferences and their advantages before we can fast forward to the present.
Now unfortunately, I must come back later to address points you made. I believe you are wholehearted in your discussion. I just wanted to throw out a quick clarification.
Give thankhs to the reasoning.
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