Today this continues to be one of our biggest challenges in our communities, unacknowledged colourism. We tend not to speak about the subject often because it is so taboo, but it is the reality amongst most black or coloured communities across the globe. It is not a phenomenon that is experienced only in African communities but also in mixed raced or coloured communities as well as in Indian and Asian communities. It is already crazy enough that black people have to deal with the hysteria that comes with being a person of colour. We are currently crying our hearts out for the African American brothers and sisters we have lost this month alone in the United States due to police brutality. There are ongoing protests vocalizing and demonstrating that Black Lives really do Matter. In a recent event, we have lost George Floyd (and this is because it was covered by the media) in the Minneapolis city of Minnnesota, USA. It’s already bad enough that black people across the world are subjugated to endless hate, racial terrorism and discrimination. White on black hate is real and it is severe.
What’s even further absurd is the thought alone that when an ignorant and ill-informed white person hates on a black person, he/she does not see the shade that covers our skin. To the white man black is any shade of brown all the way to black. But why do we still feel the need to further institute racial based superiority complexes within our race? Being dark skin is not a crime. But the backlash that our darker skinned brothers and sisters receive even within their own community is disgusting. Racism will always render. I say racism will always render because the white man will always find a way to ensure that the black community stays divided. Think of it this way, if racism was set to end after a particular period, and all of humanity and racial divisions were restored, then all men would be considered equal and would be granted equal and fair opportunities in life. But the system was never designed that way, since the days of slavery. It was never meant to favour everyone; it was designed in such a way that the elite are able to preserve their occupancy and positions as the elite, and the rest of humanity remain as their pawn pieces, just like the game of chess. It was only a matter of time, as economies and world politics progressed that slavery be abolished, everyone was granted equal rights and ‘freedom’. What freedom if the psychological damage is irreversible and ancestral trauma is passed on through our DNA to the generations that follow.
Colourism is the offspring of years and years of psychological and emotional trauma that were experienced by our forefathers. Racism continues to render because of instances where a person of colour is denied the same opportunities, recognition and value. Racism renders because of police brutality. Racism renders because we allow the shade of our skin to determine how we treat each other in our own communities. Being dark skin is not a crime. Being light skin does not make you any more superior. If you are light skinned and believe that you are of more importance, you are more beautiful, you are better suited for society, you are entitled to more, than you are a victim of your oppressed ancestral past and play a role no different than a racist white man towards the black community. The funny thing though is that the white community will never accept you as one of them, or as the better black or coloured person, to them we are all the same, so why thrive to be something you could never be. Why act as if being dark skinned is a crime. Dark skin is not a crime. Dark skin marks the beautiful and rich history of the continent of Africa. Dark skin is a celebration of who we are as a people. Just in as much as all shades are a reflection of a deep-rooted history of that which is Africa. Let’s not fall victim to what the racist white man would enjoy witnessing as he continues his ancestral legacy, let’s not use our ancestral traumatic experiences, which are encoded in our DNA, as a narrative for our future generation. Colourism is political, but Dark skin is not crime.