Racism is a subject which cannot be deleted from the world with few discussions and movements. It has deeply seated in our blood & veins.
Alex Haley says, “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior towards persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.”
How do we deal with it when it is specifically seen in the light of segregated gender?
Sex & Racism cannot be read in isolation and so is Feminism & Racism.
These are not just concepts and phenomenon under which we can justify the acts that prevail all over the globe. How inhumane it is to distinguish one from the other on the basis of the pigment they possess in their skin!
With men, the idea of hierarchy within the skin tone develops and they are ranked in a manner from being a slave to being someone superior. The one with the darkest tone becomes demeaning and the one with the lightest becomes a Greek God. Such ranking is so imbibed and tutored that we become accustomed to view them in that light.
How can one judge one’s capabilities based on the color they reflect?
When it comes to women, the problem is grave for with a female, comes her vagina & breasts – a site for sexual pleasure. Women in general are already subjected to being the ‘second sex’ and with the idea of racism they are pushed through a number of flight of stairs from where they are even unable to crawl upwards.
There are sad state of affairs when one views the world of women through a lens of ‘color’. Within women again there is a lineage, a hierarchy where they are now engulfed in a web for they too are trained to think in the light they do.
For a white man, a black woman is ‘exotic’. She is only his slave for sexual pleasure. But when it comes to ‘marriage’ he prefers a white woman for only she can be her equal.
When a black man rapes a white woman it is said that he is asserting his masculinity and spoiling her for he can never experience the similar sexual contentment with a black woman.
‘The virtuous is white and the sinful is black’ – the two self created extremes by man. What is the justification for such a mindset? There is None.
Like a myth, a belief, a notion – This has spread and glued like an Epidemic.
When one talks of brain and exercise of faculty, woman of any color is equally potent. She is able to dominate and be submissive at the same time. She can work in any environment and produce quality results.
A working system only seeks productivity and not gender or color of the person behind it. But collectively as people we fail to understand this simple concept.
The joy of living with stereotypes has made us paralyzed and probably given different shades of ‘brown’ which we paint according to the regional division.
Not just the dichotomy lie between the two sexes and the vast spectrum of shades which lie but also a whole parallel society which makes money out of the header ‘ Racism’. How often we come across fairness creams promising enhancement in skin tone- But can they actually change anything?
Yes they can.
They only sediment the belief that the lighter the shade, the more beautiful a person can be. Physical appeal is just one of the elements of the vibgyor of definition of beauty. But it is so marketed that like a herd everyone rushes in attaining that enhanced skin tone.
On the other hand, the ones with the already enhanced bright tone, seek a tanned skin, just to appear more Asian and Exotic.
How do we bridge the two?
There can be no construction and like a pendulum we keep tossing from end to end.
The question still remains open ended!
Do we really need a particular color to define one’s trait & personality?
What the world fails to hide and popularize is when these shades come together its an all new creation- It’s much serene and pure. Probably that is the color we all need.
When there are inventions & discoveries which are for the betterment of the world at large we never question to not to use them for they are created by a white or a colored Man!
When things are for convenience we accept them as they are, but when we need an issue to blabber about why should it become a case of ‘Racism’.
Reading as an article, it might create a room of thought, but this thought can become action only when individually and further on collectively we try not to practice picking colors in skin. One might not realize, but resultant actions are that of deep depression and suicide just because there is difference in tones.
“If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.” – Bob Marley