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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

When Will this self-hatred sh%t stop? Didn't Wesley, Angela & Morris Stop This Years Ago?

There have been a number of recurring themes in Afronerd-personal responsibility, diversity of image, conservatism and especially Black pride. I want you take a look at the above snippet from a Oprah episode which aired this past Monday. I wonder if you guys will be as frustrated as I was after viewing this particular show. I may even excuse your lack of frustration as you might not have had an opportunity to have seen this show in its entirety. Nevertheless, someone has dropped the ball in the promotion of pride among many in our culture.

This might explain why we have been slow to move on correcting the modern day cooning that is ever so pervasive in the Black entertainment class of 2007. This program highlighted several individuals (with the supposition that this is widespread in many communities of color, Blacks notwithstanding) who literally hated their appearance, solely based on racial/genetic factors. Again, one of the main reasons why I defected to the conservative political spectrum was the constant usage of the vicimization model to help define Blackness and the African-American struggle. When will people of color stop suckling the teat of the White patriarchal paradigm.

Young Kiri Davis was again interviewed due to her Kenneth and Mamie Clark inspired film short, A Girl Like Me. This film is a stark reminder of just how crazed and absurd it is for young Black girls (and other minority/ethnic females) to still (60 years after the original study) view White features as the apex of international beauty. What exactly makes dark complected skin unattractive? This question truly boggles the mind. The number of tanning salons and respective products disproves this notion. We must be ever vigilent to provide information, history and pride to our youth as further proof that this perception is a complete fallacy. Hopefully, our Asian bretheren will get this same memo when it comes to desiring Occidental eyes. The beauty is in the difference. This must be questioned as it ruining our collective self-esteem. I find many looks to be attractive but perhaps I am the odd man out. Let's hear your thoughts.

"Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don't want to be around each other? You know. Before you come asking Mr. Muhammad does he teach hate, you should ask yourself who taught you to hate being what God made you."
-Malcolm X

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