“Are you mixed? You sound white.” Owning who YOU are.
So, what’s up with the title RJ? Where am I going with this?
Over the weekend I was reminded that the culture of “colorism” still exist.
Colorism: prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.
I was cruising around social media, and noticed a few things that were disturbing. It’s 2016 and in an age of #blackgirlmagic we are still making comments about light skin vs. dark skin. Then I noticed that it’s the parents that are teaching their children this stuff. Information that the parents received as children is being transferred to their children.
At the end of the day the race box on any application does not say, “Are you a caramel, red bone, yellow, chocolate, or cocoa black person?”
I can remember being a little girl in the neighborhood, and I found nothing wrong with the way I spoke. I noticed a difference in viewpoints once family members, or friends of the neighborhood kids would come around. “Are you white?” As a six year old child I would look at others as if they were talking to someone else, because I was the same hue as the person asking the question. “Is yo mama white? You sound white.”
Where did this thinking come from?
So, not only are we fighting with the struggles of colorism, but we are also struggling with the way a person speaks? We can’t win.
After my injury that left me severely burned, my way of thinking changed drastically. I was surrounded by individuals who were diverse, but apart of the same society. An event that changed the course of our lives forever. I encountered people that had to learn to love the new person that they were, including myself. It was no longer about skin color, or speech. It was about coping with a new way of life. It’s definitely not easy.
At the end of the day it’s about a person’s inner beauty, and not outer. Right?!
How can things change? Well, it begins with you! Is this way of thinking valid, or right? We must be mindful of what we are teaching the future generation. Within the blink of an eye a life altering event can happen, and then the color of your skin, or the way that a person speaks isn’t really that important anymore.