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Paula Deen Didn’t Want to Work with Dark-Skinned Blacks, but the President Doesn’t Either

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by Trey Coleman

In my last post on Paula Deen, I touched on a topic that I was not aware is so prevalent in the black community. In the blog, I stated that I could not get upset with Paula for not wanting to work with dark-skinned blacks because the president, who is black, does not have one dark-skinned black in his administration.  We all have little idiosyncrasies; at the same time I never put much thought into colorism. I did not realize the impact it still has on the black community.  As a dark-skinned black man, my mother instilled in my brothers and I that dark skin was beautiful – not a curse.  When I saw others with dark skin, I did not have that negative connotation. I saw beauty.

I was conversing with a friend, who is fair-skinned, regarding my last post, and she enlightened me on colorism.  I did not think it was that bad. Who would want to kill themselves because their skin is dark?  She advised me to research it and then blog about Colorism – which is the belief that dark-skinned people are inferior to those with lighter skin.  Some argue “Willie Lynch” did not exist, at the same time that mindset has affected us. We have not accepted that our black features are beautiful.  Most black women relax their hair so that it is straight, instead of embracing their natural hair. Dark skinned people spend over $500 million on bleaching products, worldwide to lighten their skin. It is clear we were manipulated during slavery, and we need to change that mindset and accept that black is beautiful in all shades.

 

We know that the slave master had the fair-skinned slave working in the house while the dark-skinned slave worked in the fields.  Some of the slave masters gave preferential treatment to the fair-skinned slaves because they were part of his lineage.  Knowing this, the fair-skinned slaves felt they were better than the dark-skinned slaves, and this attitude is still prevalent today. It is in the churches, mosques and synagogues.  If you are fair-skinned, you’re placed in the full view of the public, but if you are dark-skinned you’re not seen. Colorism has its tentacles wrapped around the mindset of the black community.  I remember my grand-dad preaching, ‘what if Jesus came back and he was as black as my shoe?’ That would shock the world.  I thank God my mother instilled in me that my dark skin was beautiful and never let anyone tell me otherwise.

 

How do we begin the healing – especially when some of us work and play hard by the rules of today’s racial etiquette? Some of us worked hard to be accepted in society, so why take on colorism? Some do not care at all as it does not affect them. We can not expect other races to acknowledge black beauty in all shades when we do not believe that black is beautiful in all shades.  We need to heal ourselves first and begin to break the shackles mentally and figuratively.

 

My name is Trey Coleman. I’m blogging to give some insight on politics, music and entertainment. I’m a Republican, and I believe in capitalism. Contact me on my website Treystruth.com or follow me on twitter at @Treyce43 (Treys Truth).

100 Comments

  1. Tara Smith

    July 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    We begin healing by supporting one another, beginning with the President. We need to support one another in the black community, black businesses and so on. Please stop tearing down President Obama. They’re will be another white man in office soon enough, I’m sure. Then, you can complain about just how any blacks there are in the administration, light or dark-skinned.

    • CHRISTINE MAYS-ANDERSON

      July 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Christine Mays-Anderson · Cleary University

      Where in the world did you come up w/ this mess that the president “doesn’t have one dark skinned black in his administration?” His “personal assistant”, who left the admin. was a dark skinned black male. Do you know all the folks wrkg. in the admin. I doubt you do. Get real. So very stupid.

  2. Portia Wilson

    July 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    It’s hard to read the articles with this background. You all should change it.

  3. Jada New Start Wilson

    July 27, 2013 at 12:04 am

    So, i guess MRS. OBAMA is LIGHT SKINNED with ALICIA KEYS FEATURES all of a sudden!? Gee, i NEVER noticed!! Last i checked, she is about as Chocolate as Gabriel Union & if you THINK Pres. Obama isn’t “Working” with Her, then what do you call their 2 daughters!? Smh… PLEASE give some THOUGHT, INSIGHT & RESEARCH to your Posts before you end up with “Foot In Mouth” Syndrome” smh…

  4. Dane Clark

    July 27, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I think it’s stupid to say that about the President…just a silly assumption….even if it’s true that no one is dark skinned in his administration…does not mean it’s of his design or desire…and a foolish assumption at that……

  5. Alfreada Brown-Kelly

    July 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

    This article is so useless.

  6. kendra

    July 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I believe you are reaching a bit in this article. From what I understand Obama’s right hand man, who is his personal assistant has a dark complexion. Plus his wife, albeit not black is a deeper brown. But I applaud your courage to even question the President. As you can see by the comments, black people do not take too kindly to those who critize their Black President. Whether it is warranted or not, unfortunately your article doesnt have any merit.

  7. Elizabeth

    July 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    SHAME ON YOU TREY COLEMAN.

  8. rubyfromnj

    July 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Trey, your content is good, but your grammar could use some tweaking. “… As a dark-skinned black man, my mother instilled in my brothers and I …” means your mother is a dark-skinned black male. (Misplaced modifier.) Better: “My mother instilled in my brothers and me, all of us dark-skinned males, that dark skin was beautiful — not a curse.”

  9. Deborah Higgins

    July 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Please what a crock. His wife, is dark and neither one of the daughters are high yellow, this so stupid and typical of a Republican. Garbage! We come in a variety of colors, as a by product of our history in this country! Get over it Mr. Or did the President set that up too, you folks are the pitts!

  10. R Bill Douglas

    July 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    A race in reverse–going back a 100 or more years in mentality!!!!!!!!!!!!! Willie Lynch died over a 100 years ago,but lives in the minds of Amerika’s blacks in perpetuity!!!!

  11. tonya powell

    July 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    All I can say: Once again the white master has divided and conquered again. The bottom line “Love who you are” no matter what your shade of color is. In the 60’s they had dark skinned actors and actresses. Today they want to make amends from the raping of the women of african descent by putting what they have created from their raping of the african woman the lighter woman. It only becomes a issue if you allow it. The white man as well as the man of african descent created this issue, and the only way to get rid of it is ‘Love who you are, and stomp it out whenever you can. If you are a beautiful chocolate, or a cream white love the skin your in, and whoever tries to divide let it be their issue not yours.

  12. Trustno

    July 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I wish that people would stop using “fair skin” to describe a person’s complexion. Its just another invention of bigoted white folks to attempt to instill a sense of light color being fair, good or pleasing to the eye with the implication being all other skin color or complexions are not fair, not good or not pleasing to the eye. The blogger all but negated her own message by further perpetuating the same ignorant view using this adjective to describe someone who’s light skinned. Obviously this was unintentional but the net result is still damaging… Throw that word out of the equation and describe the person’s appearance in a more logical way. Fair skin even sounds stupid when you really think about it unless you are describing one of the many beautiful nubian hues that make up the spectrum.

  13. Martin R. Delany

    July 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Yes, this is absolutely true! If you have not noticed, you are in denial. But it is not only the Obama Administration, look at any institution in our society. Look at most of those Blacks on TV, particularly news programs or political pundits. Also, pay attention to the upper management of Fortune 500’s or governmental agencies, you will find more lighter complexioned Blacks than darker.

    Again, not to have observed this phenomenon puts you in one of two categories: a) oblivious to your environment or b) in complete denial.
    The practice (preference of lighter complexion) today is well-established in our culture and a legacy of slavery.

    I will address the Republican/Democrat dichotomy at a later date. Remember the distinction in shades is not anything new and the fact that it is still in practice, illustrates how far we have to go. Moreover, we still have Blacks who deny the practice is in existence. We have learned the art of hypocrisy very well from the Europeans.

  14. Patrica Robinson

    July 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

    So sad god bless” 🙂

  15. bonessigler

    July 30, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Trey, it is very sad that you must have not believed what your mother “instilled,” because this nonissue would not have crossed your mind to be an issue. Be proud of who you are, as well as the light-skinned in the administration, because there was a time there were none. Just maybe this time they were chosen on merit and the content of their character; not the color of their skin-just maybe.

  16. TD

    August 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Colorism? Really? What a myth put out there to turn Blacks against each other and you fell for it. Any way you color it…BLACK IS BLACK…no matter how light or how dark the shade. And what has this to do with Paula Deen?

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  18. Donna

    August 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

    LOLLL!!!! I’m glad you wrote the article. I noticed this as well during his 1st term. LOLLL!!!

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  20. candy kisses

    September 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Yes ppl she (michelle Obama) is dark skinned sooo sorry to bust your bubble…Smh

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