TheBlack skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY WE (DA DARKNESS OR THE DARK PEOPLE OF THE WORLD)EXCEPT OUR RACE BEING TITLE BY OTHERS "BLACK". WHAT IS IT ABOUT US THAT WE, COLLECTIVITY, DON'T EVEN CHALLENGE THE IDEA OF BEING LABEL A COLOR WHERE NO OTHER RACE ON THIS PRESENT EARTH WOULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER SUCH A IDEA!! HERE IS SOME DESCRIPTIONS OF THE WORD " BLACK" THAT'S IN THE CURRENT WEBSTER"S DICTIONARY;
a : ofthe color blackb(1) : very dark in color <his face was black with rage> (2) : having a very deep or low <a bass with a black voice> (3) : heavy, serious span id="dtx-highlighting-item">the play was a black intrigue>
a : having dark skin, hair, and eyes : swarthy span id="dtx-highlighting-item">theblack Irish> b(1)often capitalized : of or relating to any of various population groups having dark pigmentation ofthe skin span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black Americans> (2) : of or relating to the African-American people or their culture span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black literature> <a black college> span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black pride> span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black studies> (3) : typical or representative ofthe most readily perceived characteristics ofblack culture <trying to sound black> <tried to play blacker jazz>
a : characterized by the absence of light <a black night> b : reflecting or transmitting little or no light span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black water> c : served without milk or cream span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black coffee>
a : thoroughly sinister or evil : wicked <a black deed> b : indicative of condemnation or discredit <got a black mark for being late>
: connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black magic>
a : very sad, gloomy, or calamitous span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black despair> b : marked by the occurrence of disaster span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black Friday>
: characterized by hostility or angry discontent : sullen span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black resentment filled his heart>
chiefly British : subject to boycott by trade-union members as employing or favoring nonunion workers or as operating under conditions considered unfair by thetrade union
aof propaganda : conducted so as to appear to originate within an enemy country and designed to weaken enemy morale b : characterized by or connected with the use ofblack propaganda span id="dtx-highlighting-item">blackradio>
: characterized by grim, distorted, or grotesque satire span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black humor>
: of or relating to covert intelligence operations span id="dtx-highlighting-item">black government programs>
— black·ish \ˈbla-kish\
— black·ly adverb
— black·ness nnou
NOW THIS IS CURRENT!!! I HAVE AN OLD 1965 WEBSTER'S AND TRUST ME, THE DESCRIPTION IS MUCH WORST!!
I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD ADDRESS OURSELVES AS "THE DARK PEOPLE OF THE WORLD" OR "DA DARKNESS" FOR SHORT !!! IN MY OPINION, "DA DARKNESS"DESCRIBES US AS WE ARE ; THE DARK PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!! DA DARKNESS IS NOT NECESSARILY JUST SKIN COLOR; IT'S THE ACCEPTANCES OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU ARE OF, THE ORIGINAL MAN WHO WAS DARK OR "DA DARKNESS"!!
IT APPEARS TO ME THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR SENSE OF SELF AND ARE ALLOWING THIS TITLE TO GO UNCHALLENGED SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT OUR PSYCHE AS A WHOLE!!! WE CANNOT EXPECT NO MORE FROM THE NEXT GENERATION THAN WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OURSELVES!!! OK YOU THINK THIS IS FUNNY AND IRREVERENT ... LETS JUST STAY BLACK!!!!!!
YOU LOVE THE BEAUTY OF THE MYSTERIOUS NIGHT, BUT YOU CAN'T BLIND YOURSELF TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF "DA DARKNESS"????
Blackness is a state of mind and I identify with theblack community. Mainly, because I realized, early on, when I walk into a room, people see a black woman, they don't see a white women. So out of that reason alone, I identify more with theblack community.
Here I stand before you - brown. Color ofthe mountains Colossal as the earth Wrapped so deliciously within my own joy and misery Feathers of my wings paralyzed by the distance of my mind Here I stand before you, the color ofthe night Frozen by the potential of me.
Will Smith, Afro Angel
How hard a thing is life to the lowly and yet how human and real is it? And all this life and love and strife and failure, -- is it the twilight of nightfall or the flush of some faint-dawning day? The answer lies in each of us. For somewhere in your past ... somewhere some 100 years ago?there rose from the smoldering ashes of slavery?a proud and humble family who suffered and struggled with life. A family who found the strength to endure all the indignities of life in America, and that family had the hope for a taste of her bounties in the future.
W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls ofBlack Folk
I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa.
Langston Hughes, Negro
I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
I am ofthe African race, and in the colour which is natural to them ofthe deepest dye; and it is under a sense ofthe most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler ofthe Universe.
BenjaminBanneker's letter to Jefferson
I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.
Not all black men are willing to commit race suicide and to abhor their race for the companionship of another. There are hundreds of millions of us black men who are proud of our skins, and to us the African Empire will not be a Utopia, neither will it be dangerous, nor fail to serve our best interests, because we realize that, like the leopard, we cannot change our skins, and so long as black is black, and white is white, theblack man shall occupy a position of inferiority depending upon the justice ofthe great white race to lead and direct him. No race in the world is so just as to give to others a square deal in things economical, political, social and otherwise.
Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
Zora Neale Hurston
We younger Negro artists now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they aren't, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too... If colored people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn't matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, as strong as we know how and we stand on the top ofthe mountain, free within ourselves.
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