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Adolf Hitler Was A Black Man: Hip Hop and Colorism

In Colorism on April 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Adolf Hitler must have been a Black man.  I wonder what’s taking his brethren so long to declare a national holiday in observance of the ideologies they have adopted.  No wonder Time Magazine declared him The Man of the Year in 1939.

He was. . .

brilliant.

How could anyone expect my brothers to do anything but emulate his infallible approach to self-hate.  How could you not be seduced by his dignified and strategic attempt to execrate the bane of his existence, without drawing attention to the fact that those whom he denounced; those physical characteristics whom he deemed as representative of a societal venom, were that of his own.

Brilliant is the man that speaks with the charisma, and gallops with the gallantry, that blinds his army.

Adolf Hitler would have gone triple platinum in 2011.  He would have been celebrated at award shows. His income would have been supplemented by superfluous endorsements.  Children would have mimicked his attire and his manner of speech.  Excerpts of his indignant speeches would have been mixed with drums and keyboards and played as the background song to films.  Too bad he didn’t make it; he would have been a star.

A rap star.

They say it’s all in my head.  They say it’s not as big of a deal as I am making it out to be.

Wasn’t FaceBook a thought in a college dorm, when it first started?  Wasn’t Wal-Mart just one little shop in a lower-income community, when it first started?  Didn’t AT&T pass up the opportunity to have a monopoly in the cellular phone industry because the demand thereof was too small?  It looks as though we too, have forgotten that everything grand, starts small.

Adolf’s conditioning of supremacy started small. . .

If you say something over and over again, if you reiterate something over and over again, at some point in time it will manifest itself.  It will generate a group of followers who subconsciously begin to act and react as they have been conditioned.

CNN asked why the marriage rates of Black women were so low – well what did you expect, I just told you that at some point we start to act as we have been conditioned. And what makes the conditioning of the re-emergence of the Brown Paper Bag society fall into the grandeur of Sire Adolf Hitler?

Because, those physical characteristics whom they have deemed as representative of a societal venom, are that of their own.  They have denounced us so repetitively that even artists like Pitbull, a White Hispanic, are comfortable chanting about the supremacy of fair skin beauty.  Pitbull has ensured that his daughters, should he have them, will not only grow up knowing that they are beautiful;  he  has ensured that they will forever be received as beautiful.

What a pity I cannot credit Reginae Carter’s father for doing the same.

Hitler’s ideology was unconscionably brilliant; blind the masses to your self-perceived physical inadequacies by championing hate and disgust for those bearing like features.

Brilliantly masochistic.

I didn’t do any formal research; I just sat down and listened to the radio and watched underground Hip-Hop stations for two hours a day, for two days.

Everything starts small.

Heil Hitler

Subliminal Messages Of Supremacy: The Lyrics of Main Stream Hip Hop;  Just a Preference?

Artist: Lil Wayne

Song Title: Right Above It

“. . .beautiful Black woman, I bet you that bitch look better red”?

Artist: Lil Wayne

Song Title: Every Girl

“I like a long hair thick red bone . . .” The song continues as Lil Wayne’s friend concurs with his preference, ” I like ‘um caramel skin long hair. . . my butter pecan rican be screamin’ out papi every time [a brother] deep in. . .”

Puff Daddy said in the Fontaine Bleau song by the Bugatti Boyz ft Masspike Miles,  “. . .a queen is always a man’s best accessory, look at mine she’s half Black and Cherokee. . .”

Lil Wayne, Song Title: Ride With the Mack, “I tell a dark skin chick I`m allergic to chocolate.”

Red Cafe ft Rick Ross, Song Title: Faded,”. . .Pour for all them White and Light girls. We just buy all these bottles ‘cause it excites girls”

Cam’ron, Song Title: We All Up In Here, “Caramel with good hair she that cool g

Young LA, Song Title: Taser Gun, “. . .light skin long hair dats the beauty queen she the kinda of girl you see up on the movie screen.”

Fabolous, Song Title: Lights Out, “. . .Bottles of Rosae keeps finding it`s way to my section And groups of pretty bitches with them light skin complexion.”

Artist: PitBull: Song Title: Jungle Fever

“Coffee with no cream, That’s like. . .Martin Luther King with no dream,…I’m that chico that got a fetish with women Light skin red bones they blow my mind”

Artist: Nicki Minaj Ft Drake: Song Title: Moment 4 Life

“Yeah, you a star in my eyes, you and all them White girls party of five”

Artist: Chris Brown Ft Lil Wayne ft Busta Rhymes: Song Title: Look At Me Now

“Yellow model chick Yellow bottle sipping Yellow Lamborghini Yellow top missing”

Artist: Gucci Man ft Plies: Song Title: Wasted

“And Gucci not a racist.  All my diamonds Caucasians”

***Diamond: Slang term for someone who is precious to you (i.e. a woman, girlfriend, lover).

Artist: Juelz Santana: Song Title: Her, Him, and Me

“Let me tell you bout this bitch name Loreal, Light skin, long hair”

Artist: Soulja Boy: Song Title: Pretty Boy Swag (remix)

“I’m lookin for a yellow bone long hair star”

Artist:DJ Khaled ft T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg: Song Title: All I Do Is Win

“I pull out in my Rolls Royce, Yellow bone passenger they see it, they say oh boy!”

Artist:Young Jeezy: Song Title: Black and Yellow G-Mix

“black Nike’s, 3 red bone bitches. . .Said her girl on the way, she a yellow bone”

Artist: Kanye West: Song Title:Take One for the Team

“ She a red bone but her cousin is dark.  A little out of shape but you’ll f@#% in the dark”

Artist: Lloyd: Song Title: Track Shoes

“. . .this is a hit song on a bottle of proton lookin 4 a red bone”

Artist: Jagged Edge: Song Title: Tip of My Tongue

“He can’t believe it’s real, He like em red bone, He love em Independent”

Artist: Beatnuts: Song Title: Hood Thang

“Push the seat back, I’m in the head zone.  Gettin my head blown by a red bone.”

Artist: Cam’Ron: Song Title: Touch it or Not

“. . .Looked light skin, mommy was tight slim”

Artist: The Diplomats/Vado: Song Title: Statute (Remix)

“. . .Red Bone passenger”

Artist: Ghostface Killah: Song Title: Zgetha Baby

“. . .Skin like Halle”

Artist: Shawn Chrystopher: Song Title: Catch Me if You Can

“. . .I got a light-skin broad”

Artist: Waka Flocka Flame: Song Title: No Hands

“When she walks she get this. . . BROWN SKIN OR YELLOW BONE”

One lone spark of light at the end of the tunnel.  .  .

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Fighting for Tomorrow’s Generation of Dark Skin Black Women

In Saving Tomorrow on April 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I must admit; I am not angry with people of non-African descent who can’t seem to understand the importance or the need for all the Jet Magazines and BET networks of the world.

I’ve learned to reconcile my anger with the fact that the majority of my Black friends don’t have the ability to see beyond their own pain and struggles so I can’t possibly expect someone of non-African descent to understand the pain and struggles of the Black American community as a whole.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to explain and re-explain my endless search for  fictional children’s books with illustrations of beautiful dark skin little girls.

“I don’t see the difference or the problem with getting this book?  I mean it doesn’t matter if the character is light skin or not she’s still Black and isn’t that what you’re trying to do?  Surround your children with positive images of Black people?”

I don’t understand why so many of  my lighter skin Black friends cannot understand why White people don’t understand the need or the societal benefit of  magazines like Jet and network stations such as BET, since they, my lighter skin Black friends, can’t understand the importance and the societal benefit of positive image portrayals of dark skin Black women in the media.

White People: We need Jet Magazine and we need BET because there is a group of people who are under-represented in the media.  Magazines such as Jet and television networks such as BET ensure that those people who are less likely to be afforded an opportunity to audition for an acting role, in a more traditional setting, are granted an opportunity to do so in a more targeted setting.  Let’s throw race out of the equation so that it hits home: There is a need for the Little People Association of America.  Little People are people who have been clinically diagnosed with a medical condition known as dwarfism, which warrants an extremely short stature.  People with this condition are more likely to experience discrimination than those of us of average height.  Thus, the stature of a Little Person warrants varying needs that are under-represented in the average height world.  How many times have you seen an excessively short toilet bowl for sale at Home Depot?  Have you ever been interviewed for a position by a Little Person?  (Oh, it must be because they don’t go to college, right?)  How many Little People have you seen on the big screen this year?  The Little People Association of America is needed because there is a group of people who are under-represented in our society and are more likely to be robbed of their civil and societal liberties as a result of discrimination.  It’s the same  for Black People.  How many Black bosses have you had?  How many times have you worked with mortgage broker that was Black? (Oh, it must be because they don’t go to college, right?).

Black People:  Now, I don’t understand why you switch gears when it comes to dark skin Black women.  I really can’t understand why it is we expect White people to understand why it’s important for us to have our own magazines and television networks, but we can’t understand why it’s important for dark skin Black women to have their own. How many dark skin Black actresses have you seen on the big screen this year?  How may dark skin Black actresses or models have you ever seen make  America’s 50 Most Beautiful People List? Think of five videos you’ve seen in the last year; How many dark skin Black women played the love interest? I might be going off on the deep-end, but I have a funny feeling

we have a group of people who are under-represented. . . perhaps even more so than the Black community as a whole.

I try to buy as many children books that I can find that have as many dark skin Black female characters and hope that women, including White women, with dark skin Black baby girls will start demanding these books more often. It all starts at the beginning.  We can’t control the Lil’ Wayne’s of the world and we sure as he’ll can’t control who ends up on the cover of the magazines at the grocery store, but we can control what tomorrow’s generation of dark skin Black women see when they come home.  We have to strategically fight back and the best way to fight is not to get on YouTube and post a video about how many men you, as a dark skin Black woman, have been with and how you don’t understand why everyone “keeps tryin’ ta’ act like men don’t like dark skin Black women. . .’cause you done had da’ best of ‘um”.

The best way to fight back is to build the confidence, tweak the paradigm, and raise the resilience of tomorrows generation of  dark skin Black women by rearing them with a plethora of positive images of Black children like themselves. We need to give them books with main characters that they can identify with.  And needless to say, it is almost impossible to find fictional children’s books with main characters that are Black AND dark skin AND drawn in a manner that is pleasing to the eye.   But, there are some books that come close and for now close is better than nothing.  We need more children’s books with us in them.  We need our own little section at the bookstore; I don’t care if it’s in the back of the store. I just want to see Nancy Drew, in dark black skin, with beautiful nappy locks, and a  gorgeous bright smile. I need my children to have some more ammunition whenever their inherent right to this earth as a woman is challenged.

If you have a dark skin baby girl you should have at least one or two books where she can see herself or someone close to herself as the star — the pretty star.  So whenever someone teases her or tells her that she isn’t what she truly is, a beautiful baby girl, at least she’ll be able to come home, snuggle up with her little book, and hope one day to grow up to be Ms. Danitra Brown.  Our children need something to look up to, something to aspire to. . . and that something should look just like them — Beautiful Dark Skin Black Little Women.

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Light Skin vs Dark Skin Black Women: The Hayley Paley Syndrome

In Hayley Paley Syndrome on April 2, 2011 at 2:06 am

Hayley Paley Syndrome.  Ignorance is bliss.

I overheard a co-worker of mine explaining to our boss why she had to leave early the other day.  Apparently her daughter, whom I’m assuming is a little dark skin Black girl, was being incessantly ridiculed by one of her classmates because of the complexion of her skin color.  Now, personally, since our boss is a White woman I probably would not have shared the details of the ridicule my child was enduring but, sometimes when we get upset, we forget where we are, and who we are talking to.

“Yeah, this kid, and I think he’s an African-American, keeps telling her that she’s so black she looks like rotten fruit.”

“Really.”

“Really, and the other day he brought her a bar of soap and told her that he saw a commercial where volunteers were using Dove to clean off the animals from the BP oil spill and he thought she could use some”.  I could tell she wanted to cry.  She isn’t dark skin, but she loves her daughter enough to step outside of herself.  I could tell she understood.

“Well, kids are kids and all kids are made fun of at some point.  You know what the kids call my daughter at school? They call her Hayley “Paley” because she’s just like me.  I mean we’re so White we can’t even tan.  So, she’ll get over it I’m sure.  Kids are cruel and everybody gets made fun of every now and then – oh I need to take this call, have a great night and don’t forget to watch American Idol.”

Hayley Paley Syndrome = the subconscious inability to identify the varying degrees of pain warranting a propensity to desensitize the anguish, plight, turmoil, or distress of another by equating a state of lesser distress to a state of greater distress.

Like I’ve said before, I’m not as angry with people of non-African descent who can’t seem to find it in their hearts to step outside of themselves and empathize with the plight of the Black community, especially since so many of my own women, Light Skin Black Women, have exhibited symptoms of the Hayley Paley Syndrome.

Regardless as to how many little boys and girls ridicule Hayley’s fair complexion her universally accepted beauty will be reinforced every second of her life.  All Hayley has to do is turn on the television, pick up a magazine, watch a movie, or watch a rerun of Friends and she will see dozens of women, purported as being the epitome of beauty, with the very same physical characteristics that warranted the ridicule she endured earlier that day.  Thus,  her isolated incident of ridicule will become just that, an isolated incident.  She will be able to psychologically dismiss the ridicule, as beauty, in her juvenile world of magazines and CD’s, will look just like her.

A couple of weeks before this happened, I remember my boss running frantically out of her office pleading that she may  have to quit her job to keep Hayley  from getting pregnant.

“She’s starting to get a lot of attention from all the little boys at her school and I have to make it a point to be home when she gets home. . .I don’t want to catch another one of those twerps in my house”.

Hayley’s ridicule is what I would consider to be normal and quite frankly, healthy. She has a few boys telling her that her extremely fair complexion makes her ugly and she also has a handful of boys telling her that she’s beautiful. And when she goes home, her beauty is once again reaffirmed by the media.

When Tianna goes home after a day of ridicule, does she get to turn on the TV and see someone with her physical characteristics being praised as beautiful?  Who does she see being purported as the epitome of beauty when she flips through a magazine?  When Tianna goes home the contention of those little boys  is reaffirmed; need I remind you of the characters of Proud Family again.  The only dark skin characters were the mean ugly girls; they were  so black they were drawn in shades of blue.  What magazine should Tianna open to reaffirm her beauty — we don’t even put our own women, Dark Skin Black women, in our magazines.  Those spaces are reserved for the most beautiful of Black women, the ones that are half Black or light skin, right?

To Light Skin Black Women effected by the Hayley Paley syndrome:  Your pain although greater than that of Hayley has no similarity to my own. I am no where. When they laughed at me as a child I too would go home and try to reaffirm my beauty, but when I watched our television shows, our videos, and when I read our magazines, who did I find being praised as beautiful,

you — and only you.

I could never hold up a magazine and say well, my Black can’t possibly be that bad ‘cause all the pretty girls in the magazines look like me.  I can’t stand to hear Light Skin Black women saying, “It’s rough all over. You don’t know what’s it’s like to be light skin.”

Well, I sure wish I knew what it was like to be in every movie, every magazine, every video, every song lyric — has the media promoted or expressed a sentiment about Dark Skin Black women that you wish you could experience?

I cried all the way home for that little girl.  I’ve never spoken to her, nor have I seen her,

but I know her.

I know her well.

I so hope one day that the men who have the ability to change the world, chose to change it. And I so wish that Dark Skin Black women would unite as Black people united in the 60′s and demand the right, to our inherent right, to be seen and revered as Beautiful women.  And most importantly, I wish my light skin Black sisters would stop equating their pain to my own.  Don’t forget these songs, sung by our men, were sung for you, you are a woman to them, I am still waiting to be. . .

Lil Wayne, Song Title: Ride With the Mack, “I tell a dark skin chick I`m allergic to chocolate.”

Fabolous, Song Title: Lights Out, “. . .Bottles of Rosae keeps finding it`s way to my section And groups of pretty bitches with them light skin complexion.”

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