I went to Barnes and Noble on saturday and picked up a book titled ” The color Complex”, the politics of skin color among african americans. The book basically researches about the self hate black have against blacks when it comes to the differences in the color of our skin. The book documents how and why racism due to color of skin came about. After reading this book, I feel off. I knew black people had problems with color but I never knew how much deep it went. This is one of the reasons why I love to read. I picked up this book randomly but I have new information now comfortably sitting in my mind. What I learned is that the light-skinned black people were during slave times brainwashed to believe they were better therefore making dark-skinned people feel completely inferior.
In this day and age , some light-skinned black people still feel the need to prove they are black. This self hate from slave days should not be part of us now. I know we still have older generations still around who have old ways of thinking but black people have enough issues without keeping color issues to be part of them.
Even though I am light-skinned, I never felt I was better than dark-skinned black people. I always felt comfortable with being black. I can not help my genetics. Who knew I would come out this way. My mom did not raise me to look at different skin colors and be against them. I like to get to know people before I make a judgement call. Color of your skin is something no one has true control over so to really not like someone over it is extremely ignorant.
The book is actually a pretty solid read and I am actually glad to have it in my personal library.