Son Of Baldwin on Monday, Apr. 4th
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. – Steven Biko
Harriet Tubman risked her life for this?
In this tragic video, young black people demonstrate, with dreadful precision, how the Color Complex still maintains a vice grip on the black psychology.
The Color Complex is a concept that explains the pathology of blacks who place enormous value on light skin, and other Eurocentric features, and degrade darker skin and traditionally African aesthetics (In some rare cases, as shown in the video, the reverse is true: Almost in retaliation, darker skinned black folk denigrate lighter skinned black folk). It is a form of internalized racism, a psychosis transmitted from generation to generation.
The most astounding things about this video are the irony and cognitive dissonance. Often, it is the darker skinned blacks who seem most disgusted by darker skinned people, as if they have never been in possession of a mirror–or have purposely avoided it. (One girl says, “Light skinned people, like myself….” but she is not light skinned by any stretch of the imagination; the extent of the delusion is astonishing.) They assigned characteristics to skin color that have nothing at all to do with the color of one’s skin, but everything to do with the content of one’s character. What is most heartbreaking is that so many of these children are convinced of their righteousness and so few are proud to be black. Thank goodness for the few.
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