Skin Wars: The Complexity of Complexion

Skin Wars

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Light skin versus dark skin, the eternal debate between longstanding next of kin.
It’s a pity, such an eternal shame, brothers and sisters in plight divided by a desire to fit into a colored picture frame. How incredulously lame, identity crises brought to birth by an incessant love affair with fleeting fame. Black is no longer our common name. That’s just the nature of today’s game.

Honestly, I’m ashamed by this ridiculous emphasis on pigment,
that such a natural thing should even determine the quality of our treatment.
I know of a black woman named Jasmine, who fancies herself better than Lilly,
simply because the latter has a greater concentration of melanin, under her beautiful skin. Yes really, it’s gotten that silly!

And all the rappers concur, shamelessly obnoxious, ever hypothesizing in music videos that their hot yellow bones make the dark sisters jealous. Negro please! A darker shade is not a disease! If a black man cannot see that, then he is blinded by shades he is unaware he currently wears. He is emancipated on paper but enslaved in practice. And even Lincoln could never have freed him!

And all who instigate battles of the skin, will find that they can never win;
because regardless of complexion, through the myopic lenses of prejudiced eyes we are viewed as the same underestimated concoction. Therefore, as per MLK Jr. will we let the color of our skin define us, or will we decide the content of our character should be the distinguishing factor?

Remember, united we stand, divided we fall.
So that said, God help us all.

P.S. The black race in America must free itself from the superficial shackles of inadequacy born of despicable years of slavery. There is a popular saying that goes, “Black is beautiful.” Every black child should come to know this, believe this, and embody this, regardless of complexion.

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Millennial Flaws

Millennials

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are a generation disillusioned by the illusion of real vs fake, of need vs want, of passion vs purpose, of confidence vs arrogance. Not every critique stems from a hater, and not everyone who is unlike you and those you esteem to be “real” is invariably “not real” as a result, and therefore “fake”.

Ours is a society where we are at once obsessed with appearing to hold authentic identities and yet we are impeccable connoisseurs of trendy conformity. We all have big dreams but mostly remain in a perpetual dream state, with our biggest accomplishment being having said big dream. We are all politically aware but are mostly part-time activists, and special occasion civil rights advocates. We are all self-conscious and yet are mostly God-unconscious. We all want significant others even while we have nothing significant to offer. We all want true love even as we willingly lay in bed with lies. We all seek Mr./Miss Right even as we frequent all the wrong places. We are willing to grow our natural hair but keep our artificial hearts. We insist that we forget the past and yet we are adept at repeating our past.

We say things like, “no new friends” and yet we want new gifts. We have so many “friends” and yet we are mostly lonely, we have so many “followers” and still we mostly walk alone, and so many people “like” us and yet we mostly acknowledge our “haters”. We are “linked in” but disconnected, instantly gratified and yet never satisfied.

Collectively, we are a living oxymoron, the walking dead, aimlessly navigating the paradox that is our time, depending on unreliable global positioning systems to help us find ourselves.”

P.S. Everyday I pray for my generation, that we may find ourselves and restore class and nobility among our ranks. We’ve advanced in information and technology and yet regressed in wisdom and intelligence. The exceptions have become the rule and the rule the exceptions. By God, may some of us spark the much needed change we millennials desperately need today! Godspeed.

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