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Post Number: 88
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 08:13 pm: |
Kola, you have proven my point, as you always do and with your usual candor and eloquence.
"Anonymous's "problems" as a Black Woman, all too often, are not the same problems as AfricanQueen and I have as much darker more African-looking women."
You keep wanting to beat on the fact that darker women's issues are larger, deeper, more severe, given lesser value, disregarded, and on and on and on, instead of HEARING from ALL women that OUR problems are universal. You want to believe lighter-women have no understanding of the hurt and the pain and the suffering and many keep trying to make you understand that their hurt and pain and suffering have scarred them just as deeply. They have been just as wounded. And they, like every other woman simply want to be respected.
And Cynnique is right. At this point, it would seem that united we will fall, because clearly standing alone and divided seems to be the goal of choice.
So, let's have an assembly of racial options within which to cast ourselves. There can be:
Oh! The possibilites are endless! Then we can decide upon birth which group an individual will fall into. We can pattern it after that old paper-bag test. Get us some special color charts so there are no mistakes, 'cause heaven forbid some baby be labeled sable when he's actually ebony, or tan and he's really beige. Of course, we'll have to take into account that some babies tend to darken up right after birth so perhaps there should be a waiting period of sorts. Then of course if a nothern child gets moved south or west and is subject to more sun, we may need to have some established criteria to determine how to shift them between shades.
But we need to be prepared, 'cause you know white folks is going to want to get in on this. Can't leave them out. They can have their own color-codes with yellow, pink, chalk, silver, snow. Won't it be a kick to see them fighting amongst each other to determine just who's AUTHENTICALLY white and who isn't!
Of course, then we have the issue of inter-family fighting because three siblings fall into different categories and we know one is sure to claim favoratism of some sort. And, imagine the battles when beige's get better jobs than tans, or charcoals get more dates than sables! And oh, imagine the discussions about who's better than who! And just think, when we get it all solved and finished and right and everyone knows who's black and who's not, and we all know where we fall in the social divide of better and best, THEN perhaps we can come together to solve the fact that children are starving, families are homeless, men are unemployed, women are battered, poverty is rampant, war is a detriment, quality literature is on the decline, television is corrupting our youth, healthcare is virtually nonexistent, and the host of other issues that are clearly more trivial in comparison to THE MORE IMPORTANT issues of hair and skin-color and who gets more attention on the playground or who likes who best.
So, have at. Clearly, it's a mission that will command the pages of our history books.
I'm too through.