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Colourism - The Book

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 08/12/2018 - 00:45

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This is a book on my thoughts on Colourism and I suppose this is my own foreword to my own book. It isn't a book yet, but I intend to organize it better. I have been thinking of the issue of colourism for quite a while, and I feel that I won't be at peace until I compose my thoughts about it properly. What has bothered me most is the feeling that it is not being tackled the right way, that most of the people discussing are not proceeding from the viewpoint of reforming society.

Vogue's genocidal proclivities - Part 1

Submitted by rchurch on Sat, 30/03/2019 - 02:01

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ExhibitD: Benjamin Franklin, "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc.", 175

Which leads me to add one Remark: That the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it, Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red? But perhaps I am partial to the Complexion of my Country, for such Kind of Partiality is natural to Mankind.

You are African. Why do you focus on India so much?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Fri, 29/03/2019 - 09:52

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In summary it is down to the fact of the features of colourism in India manifesting in the American setting, and then creeping into Africa.

Let us consider the nature of colourism in three different parts of the world, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia. In the case of Africa I am referring to Sub-Saharan Africa and with Asia I am referring to Indian subcontinent in particular.

I focus on these three regions in particular on account of ther racial and ethnic homogeneity, although in India an allowance has to be made for caste differences.

What is Colourism?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 20:38

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Here are a few dictionary definitions of colourism. I don't want to delve too deeply into definitions and I prefer to focus on the deeper social issues. One point I should make quite early on is that I don't generally agree that it is mostly down to European colonial influences in Africa and Asia and the slave trade in the Americas.

Collins Dictionary

Discrimination against people with a different skin tone, esp within the same racial group

Alternatives to Dark Skin

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 23:18

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What are the alternatives to a skin compound that protects against UV? I guess hair or fur, tough reptilian skin, or scales. I guess if we would like to moult every now and then that would be fine, or we could resemble some weird reptilian aliens in scifi movies.

White is not right

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 24/05/2017 - 04:29

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This world we live in has another name - under the Sun. I am sure you've noticed the term used in the Bible and in other literature. What you may not be aware of is that in some languages, Twi for instance, the term for the world is wiase, which literally translates as Under the Sun. From this interpretation the expression under the sun as used in the Bible probably has no allegoric or poetic meaning. It literally means the world.

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