- Posted March 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?
We don’t stop to think and ask ourselves: What exactly is ‘racism? How do you call someone who is proud of his or her Race? Does belief in god as conceptualized by the European missionaries undermine African humanity in the face of the world? Does the abandonment of African spirituality undermine the authentic Africanness? Why do Africans get upset when ‘Racist’ others insinuate that they (Africans) are chimps?
We don’t think much about these issues because Europeans have already done that for us. We’ve been named by Europe and we take the naming with grace. We’ve been grotesquely described by Europe and we smile the descriptions away. This has caused Africans to either reject their described selves, or the embracement of such grotesque descriptions.
Africa has lost its social ingenuity and embraced European social engineering. However, Africans still wonder why Europe doesn’t respect her? You can’t expect to be respected when you’ve disowned what you could have used to brag about? You can’t brag about someone else’s invention? You can’t expect to be respected for an identity you’ve disowned.
To be fair to the African Person and the person of African descent, the author uses Colored to describe Africans and people of African descent and Colorless to describe Europeans and people of Europeans descent. This is simple egalitarianism.
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