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Identity Crisis!
Published on March 13, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Identity Crisis!

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

Two children were chanting
As I was passing, I was stopped in my tracks and started listening
They chanted, “If you black go dah back,
If you brown stick around.”
These words were so resounding
Is this the crap that our children are learning?
What is the education system doing?
This has left me pondering,
These words in me keep permeating
Mien it’s frightening, this explains all the killings

Iblis is winning this fight of wits
And so are the chemists
How do we overcome this crisis?
I will admit to being a novice
I see this crap every day in practice
Capitalism is based on the teaching of Marxists

I have never had any issue with my colour
As a matter of fact I wish I could be blacker
I do not see anyone as my superior
I have always believe I am as equal to any other
Until I went to live briefly in Guyana
And black coolie brother called me a “Negro banna”
And they referred to a lighter skin sister as “douggla”

I have no problem with my Identity
My skin colour does not dictate my upward social mobility
I’m not into racial self loathing
Bleaching, nor tanning
I do not want to improve my hair texture
I do not care if mixed slaves were freed earlier
I do not associate being black is with social un-acceptance nor poverty
This is not the cultural perception my family
Thanks to the ideology and philosophy of Garvey
Whose emphasis was that we study, black history

The black is beauty ideology
Is deeply ingrained in my psyche
My mother raised us
She made sure we were conscious of our Garifuna-ness
She demonstrated perfectly our African ancestral richness
She taught us self sufficiency was the core of our existence
She taught us to love self so we can love our neighbour
She taught us that there is no short cut to success if our skin was lighter

My family has not subscribed
To the bleaching syndrome
But somehow Jamaican are not one their own
Studies have shown correlation between violence and the bleaching skin syndrome
Our inner city youth youths
Our south side has had their fair share of this drama
Hence we have bought into a so called ghetto culture
Forsaking our natural beauty
Buying into this popular fantasy

Associating black with ugliness, social disadvantage and poverty
Brownness is associated with privileged
The closer you resembled the master
The better you chance to inherit power

We have subscribed to the educational and financial classism
Marginalizing people from the South side for this same reason
Even our political parties are in cahoots for the reason
Hence the reason Goldson and Richardson went to Prisons
Then came Evan X and Shabazz for seditious treason
Their skins and ideology were the reason
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