AfriGeneas World Research Forum
Re: Color, Caste and Class in the Americas
In Response To: Color, Caste and Class in the Americas ()
Thanks for this response to modern colorism. I've reached the half century mark as a 'richly-pigmented' (my term) woman born in NYC. The affirmation of the attitudes of P.R's and D.R.'s that I've experienced is refreshing due to the solid refutation of such staunch bias. I'd love to read more scholarship about the psychic wounds inflicted upon people who look like the mother in "An Imitation of Life" by those who look LIKE THE MOTHER. In other words, I expect and even, oddly, welcome the OPEN bigotry of people enjoying white-privilege. (ie, let me know before I get to the interview that you are not hiring or renting to someone who looks like Sheneequa--it will save me the transportation costs and the false hope not to put a classic European name on the resume trying to get a foot in the door.) Perhaps low expectation from bigots can only be pleasantly surprised. With self-hatred, the opposite is true. You are walking this plank with me and calling me _____. It's terrible to hear a black mother verbally abuse her children with racial epithets. When we have eliminated discrimination in housing, education, and employment, through reparations, we will see less of this. Poverty imposed by physical characteristics can only breed this color madness.