Lightskinism- A New ACBN Term

4 02 2016

The European not only colonized the world, but he colonized knowledge and knowledge of the world. He even colonized the image of god!” JHC

The above quote is one of my favorites from Professor John Henrik Clarke because in it, he is basically saying that if Afrikans are to regain any sort of power, we have to start to define knowledge and the concepts that the knowledge describe and refer to in our own self-interested terms, especially if we continue using yurugu’s language. The more correct term I like to offer for consideration is lightskinism.

 

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Evelyn Books Higginbotham,
Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH)
National President

 

Lightskinism is the occurrence of mixed-race people demanding that Afrikans acquiesce to them as being actual bio-genetic Afrikans because IMAs (europeans) have said so or because they are a “conscious” mixed-race person. Furthermore, it’s a disposition that demands Afrikans treat them with deference and/or adoration or it is the deference and/or adoration of mixed-race people by Afrikans over and above actually bio-genetically Afrikan people. We often see this in the area of “Black leaders” in some Afrikan continental nations (Botswana) and the expatriate colonial states like the USA, who are frequently mixed-race individuals and not Afrikan. This is also particularly operable in beauty standards and sexual relations as Afrikans seek to emulate mixed-race people by skin lightening and buying fake hair. However, and most importantly, it is the sexual fetish and fascination Afrikan males (and increasingly some Afrikan females) have specifically for mixed-race women/men in an effort to produce more hybrids through procreation so that there will be more in existence to soothe their shattered egos due to the reality that they are Afrikan without industrial, military, economic, and political power like other major world groups. Hence the only recourse is to attain a fleeting genetic power and the reverence for having had sex with or producing a mixed-race person. This is presently referred to as “colorism”, but the term colorism doesn’t go far enough to explain the phenomenon. This is mainly because some mixed-race people claim that Afrikans are colorist towards “light skinned Blacks” (mixed-race non-Afrikans). This is similar to the charge of reverse racism issued by IMAs. The charge is baseless in both cases because both groups are actively seeking to keep Afrikans powerless on a widespread scale. However, most Afrikans care little to nothing about attaining power over these other groups. Hence it should be correctly termed, “lightskinism”, not colorism.

I welcome your thoughts on this matter.

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12 responses

4 02 2016
Kushite Prince

Good post. I’ve never heard the term “lightskinism” used before. But this sounds like the same whole biracial push they’ve always used. They may change the term but the tactic is still the same in my opinion. And colorist term is laughable.lol It’s sounds so silly to me.

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5 02 2016
Lumumba Afrika

Thanks KP! Yeah, I never liked the term “colorism”. Something did not feel right about it. It seemed like one of those terms like “prejudice” and “discrimination” that tried to mislead people about the issue people are supposedly concerned about. So, I came up with this term. I think it is more accurate, but I could be wrong.

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5 02 2016
Kushite Prince

It’s an interesting term you came up with. It should be interesting to see if it catches on.

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5 02 2016
TheThinkingAfrican86

Can’t really see the picture but really appreciate the article. I’m actually writing currently on the issue of so-called “black” beauty standards now and examining the problems with using mulattoes as what I call a “cultural-biological human ideals”. It’s a contradiction to say, in one breath, black is beautiful, and then on the hand, when it’s time to showcase the fact you choose to utilize the mulatto image instead of the purely black one, and even more problematically, emphasize their European or non Afrikan characteristics as worthy of emulation or adoration. Afrikans can’t afford to continue to promote notions of European genetic superiority (the idea that white is the source of all that is good and desirable). We must promote images which suggest that the authentic Afrikan is the perfect and ideal human being and that our genes are the most desirable (and all others deleterious).

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5 02 2016
Lumumba Afrika

Sorry you couldn’t see the picture. You should Google the name, and if it shows up, you will see a clear example of what I am talking. The woman is a white woman and is the head of an “African-American organisation. Thanks for the comment, and I am looking forward to your article.

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5 02 2016
amosnwilsonuniversity

Brilliant article and analysis…..I love it.

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5 02 2016
Lumumba Afrika

Thanks, I’m just trying to use terms which focus on what the problem actually is.

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6 02 2016
D.

Thanks for the article. I see this “lightskinism” or mulatto nation as one true problem, especially for black women. We say that men are visual, but women are too. And in a way more detailled fashion. Just an example, when looking for make up, you’ll find that for each “complexion” you have so many degrees of shades & “sub-shade” – I’m sure a man shopping with his wife would have trouble understanding why she spends so much time debating between an NW46 & NW47 or 45 when to him the 45 to 50 range would look the same shade. Mind you many of those “freelance MUArtists” will end up bying many to blend them. Women are extremely sensitive, obssessive & competitive when it comes to displaying perfection, even spiritually. That’s why this mulatto thing is so detrimental to them. BM tend to moke the products used but when you think that it’s linked to the fear of not getting a job, or not having a family , you can see that there’s more to it than just vanity.

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10 02 2016
Original Lady

This is a great written article but it’s vain to Me because I’ve erased the terms “Light-Skinned” & “Dark-Skinned” out of My Mind.
Stay tuned for an article…

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10 02 2016
Lumumba Afrika

Thanks for the comment! Your point is taken. I just dislike the term “colorism” just about as much as “light skinned” and “dark skinned”. I look forward to your upcoming article and if you have a better term or different perspective, I am definitely open to it.

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10 02 2016
Original Lady

Ok okay. I get your point now…

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4 03 2016
afrikaneedstoownitsresources

I have told you guys about the fact this one-drop rule nonsense is an attempt at confusion, African Americans can’t tell but they have successfully fell for it meanwhile America is now trying what Brazil did, they even use the same terms, the whole ‘I don’t see race’ ‘colourblindness’ has a long-standing tradition in Brazil, America even uses ‘we are all American’, the same as these Latin American ‘Latino’ mindset people, they are acting as if African Americans were not living in or subjects of the US until the 1960’s.

This technique of confusion is now been spread around the world, I recently argued with some idiot who claimed they were Igbo and that beige skin, lanky-curly hair is normal in West Africa. The whole ‘lightskin’ foolishness is also present (to much lesser degree) in Canada and Europe as seen on social media by African and mixed race people living there.

Europeans are trying to convince Africans this nonsense is accurate. You see all over Wikipedia European propaganda of the hypodescent rule hypocrisy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akan_names ‘Ashanti-Multiracial’ is persistently used, which is entirely false, how can one be multiracial and Akan, an African ethnicity? Confusion, I am yet to see a European ethnicity on Wikipedia represented in images by directly mixed people as much as Europeans themselves.

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