As a follow up to my previous post, Dark skin, Light skin: two sides of the same coin, I decided to write about a video I actually came across months ago. I wanted to write about it then but I was too angry. Now, I still am but words are better than bottled anger.

This video is titled ‘too black for Brazil’. The title speaks volumes. Watch and read my response to this deep rooted issue we have, called colourism.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/video/2016/feb/09/brazilian-carnival-queen-too-black-nayara-justino-video

Nayara is a beautiful melanated black Brazilian woman. Too melanated for Brazil it seems… What I found really upsetting is the fact that she won the title of Carnival Queen, making it seem like Brazil was trying to take a step in the right direction, and away from colourism, yet as soon as the public voiced their opinions, they replaced her with another mixed race woman. What was the point of selecting her if you were not going to stand by her? People will make their racist, ignorant and hurtful comments, but this shouldn’t be a deterrent to the changes Brazil needs to work on.

How will this teach or at least make sleeping black people aware of their own sub-consciously distorted mind-sets. Black people in Brazil descend from their ancestors who were taught by the white man to hate themselves, which was then passed on from generation to generation. Keeping Nayara on wouldn’t have broken this damaging cycle overnight, but it would have created the platform for people to QUESTION themselves and their mind-sets.  Instead of supporting Nayara and standing up for her and her melanated skin, some black people chose to follow the white racist mind-set. Why? Why are so many black people not proud to be black? Who taught you to hate the colour of your skin? Ask yourself that.

During the video, a black woman says her grandmother told her mother “You should marry a white man to improve the race.”

A white man to improve the race…

As if to say the black race are completely inferior and need white blood to make it pure. I think this is a deafening example of the Willie Lynch complex where many black people in Brazil hate themselves, as a result of the generational cycle of self-hatred imposed by white European slave masters. Never mind improving the race, improving our dam mind-sets is what we need to work on!

The painting shown in the video is beyond words… The mealnated grandmother has her hands up as if to say thanks to God for removing the ‘stain’ of blackness from her family, who we see are lighter and therefore ‘closer to white’. It’s sad and crazy to think that there are black people, not just in Brazil but in other parts of the world who may actually believe they need the white race – the same race who kidnapped, enslaved, raped, tortured and psychologically destroyed their ancestors, to ‘improve’ the black race.

Seriously?

Get outta here.

The only way black people can ‘improve’ themselves is through UNITY amongst ourselves in every aspect, not this team mulatto/light skin v dark skin nonsense. How are we ‘improved’ if we’re divided? Think about it! We need to let go of the  psychological chains of slavery and learn to love every dam shade of melanin  we see.

We are a MELANIN race. Be proud, be bold and stay melanated!

 

Eunice

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