What Are You: Academically White or Academically Black?

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An individual, who distinguishes humans not by the colour of their skin but by the strength of their character, surfing the web to assess the evolution towards race will be confronted with the following:

“White people is a term referring to human beings characterised by the light pigmentation of their skin”...“Relatively dark-skinned people can be classified as white if they fulfil other social criteria of ‘whiteness’...”

“Black people are humans of a dark-skinned phenotype”...“Relatively light-skinned people can be classified as black if they fulfil the social criteria for ‘blackness’ in a particular setting.”

First, I would like to thank Wikipedia for being the vehicle of such academic racist manure. But let’s take a close look at these wonderful theories:

White Vs Black People
If having light pigmentation is what it takes to be white then very light-skinned mulattoes, the Japanese, Koreans, some Chinese, some Indians, some Jews, Persians and some Arabs should naturally be classified as being white as well. If having dark pigmentation is what takes to be black then dark-skinned mulattoes, Sri-Lanka folks, Indians, Amerindians, Vietnamese, Indonesians, some Chinese, Mizrachi Jews, some Portuguese, some Italians, some Greeks, Gypsies, some Arabs etc, should naturally be classified as being black as well.

Comment: it is, in the 21st century, an absurd to hold on to definitions of white and black people (reducing, thus, human diversity to a boring dichotomy). The human canvas is much more colourful than this: it is rosy, brown, light-brown, red-brown, yellow, beige, golden, golden-red, pearl, pearly-brown, pearly-pink, ebony etc.
In my opinion, people should no longer be classified by the pigmentation of their skin, but by their geographic origin.

Whiteness Vs Blackness
By social criteria of “whiteness” scholars surely refer to the so-called “white behaviour”: living in a good neighbourhood, having both parents at home (who have never broken the law and actually have a job), dressing nicely and conducting themselves properly; having a college fund for the children; having health insurance; having a perfect house, a front lawn and being sexually restrained. By social criteria for “blackness” experts must be referring to the so-called “black behaviour”: living in dingy neighbourhoods or even ghettos, being raised by the mother (the father either took off or is doing time in jail), dressing and behaving like a gangster, depending on social security, being a criminal of some sort and being sexually promiscuous.

Comment: this whiteness Vs blackness concept is not only the most racist thing I have ever heard in 34 years of existence, but also the product of racist studies commissioned for political purposes.
If we’d fall into temptation to follow this line of thoughtlessness we could easily conclude that, for example, President Obama and his family are, in fact, white...

In an era when people are mixing themselves more & more and mixed individuals can have fairer skins than many of the so-called “white people” and, bear even lighter-skinned children (or children with skin tones harder to classify), it seems nonsensical to pursue classifying people by the amount of melanin in their skin. People, wake up and smell the coffee of the New World Order!

Comments

  1. You should live in India. You should read our matrimonial advertisements.

    http://www.nriol.com/content/articles/article79.asp

    You should also observe the ads for fairness creams and lotions that lure women and now men into lightening their complexion.

    http://www.asianage.com/health-fitness/nuances-fairness-ads-146

    This is something that Edward Said covered in his Orientalism thesis. White being associated with all that is good and black being with all that is evil. This is a Christian concept which ignored that Jesus was from the middle east and could not have been fair. But just look at how he is depicted! The missionaries have carried this rubbish to all corners of the world and it has become a universal prejudice.

    Personally, I like them dark, dusky and voluptuous. Like our Indian temple sculptures. Not the white anorexic stereotypes being projected as the ideal of beauty.

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  2. I have to admit that I often hear people who, when meeting a black person that doesn't speak or act like what they perceive as "black", will refer to them as really "white". I think part of it is because we have many blacks who come from the ghetto in Oakland, and speak with a certain accent, and have certain social habits that are typical of the ghetto. When people meet blacks that did not grow up in the ghetto, and do not have that ghetto accent, they tend to think of them as "white".
    I often wonder if blacks who do speak with a non-ghetto accent are shunned by blacks who do.

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  3. Hi Rummy :D!

    First, thanks for the links: very interesting reading, indeed!

    "You should live in India. You should read our matrimonial advertisements."

    I could live in India, no doubt ;). lol I didn't know that having fair skin could be such a huge requirement to get married...I thought that being a decent human being would suffice - how silly of me *nodding*.

    "You should also observe the ads for fairness creams and lotions that lure women and now men into lightening their complexion."

    I had already been in touch with the trend in India (through Kalyan): it is a bit appalling, isn't it? But it is not new: black people, in the 70's & 80's (mainly), went through the same trend...

    "This is something that Edward Said covered in his Orientalism thesis. White being associated with all that is good and black being with all that is evil."

    True. But perhaps the time has come for us to change things and erase old concepts...

    "This is a Christian concept which ignored that Jesus was from the middle east and could not have been fair. But just look at how he is depicted! The missionaries have carried this rubbish to all corners of the world and it has become a universal prejudice."

    You are absolutely right! I remember asking my mum, when I was a kid, how could Jesus be blond and have blue eyes if he wasn't nordic lol? It didn't, and it doesn't, make sense at all...but the Church managed to convince the world of this nonsensical rubbish indeed.

    "Personally, I like them dark, dusky and voluptuous. Like our Indian temple sculptures. Not the white anorexic stereotypes being projected as the ideal of beauty."

    LOL you don't say? Personally, I like them in all shapes and forms, as long as they're good people.
    But you are right: the projected ideal of beauty is disgusting.

    Rummy, thank you ever so much for your outstanding comment :D.

    Cheers

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  4. Hi D! :D

    "I have to admit that I often hear people who, when meeting a black person that doesn't speak or act like what they perceive as "black", will refer to them as really "white"."

    We must admit that it is a bit racist, isn't it?

    "I think part of it is because we have many blacks who come from the ghetto in Oakland, and speak with a certain accent, and have certain social habits that are typical of the ghetto. When people meet blacks that did not grow up in the ghetto, and do not have that ghetto accent, they tend to think of them as "white"."

    I see. In Portugal, we have "white" Africans speaking with African accents and some people call them black because of it - but they are not black, they are Africans.
    I just think that we should stop labelling people according to their skin colour, it is ridiculous to do so. Humans are humans, period.

    "I often wonder if blacks who do speak with a non-ghetto accent are shunned by blacks who do."

    I don't know how it plays out in America; but in Africa and Europe the so-called "social criteria for X or Y colour" isn't, in general terms, a factor. What matters is whether you like the same things or not, whether you enjoy interacting with certain groups or not, if you get along or not...etc.

    I think racism will take a while to sort out, but it is not impossible if we start re-programming people.

    D, thank you so so much for your great input :D.

    Cheers

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  5. Hi Max,

    What a beautiful family you have. My family has so many colors; some are like milk, others are like coffee with cream. Then others are like creme brulee.

    I am made up of so many ingredients that that I am a smorgasbord of cultures.
    The world is not all black and white.

    What about the Pandas: they are black, white and Asian!

    Great piece my dear.

    Rainbow Cheers!

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  6. Hi Lady A :D!

    "What a beautiful family you have. My family has so many colors; some are like milk, others are like coffee with cream. Then others are like creme brulee."

    Thank you *bowing*. Then we have another thing in common, cause my family is exactly the same :).

    "I am made up of so many ingredients that that I am a smorgasbord of cultures. The world is not all black and white."

    So am I, and am I ever so glad to have been blessed with such a mélange...I feel enriched because of it.
    Absolutely.

    "What about the Pandas: they are black, white and Asian!"

    LOL you know? And they are soooo cute.

    "Great piece my dear."

    Thanks, I am glad you liked it *bowing*.

    My delicious friend, thank you so much for your input :D.
    It is incredible how similar you and I are, isn't it?

    Beautiful Rainbow Cheers

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  7. Max,

    "It is incredible how similar you and I are, isn't it?"

    Beauty beyond words!

    Sheer Modesty Cheers! ;D

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  8. Cristina Pires Coutinho AntunesTuesday, 7 February 2012 at 19:56:00 GMT

    Shalom, Max!

    Our family is incredibly gorgeous. Many refer to us as a small example of the UN, but I say that our melting pot is far more interesting and united than the UN could ever be :).
    I salute us, and all our family members, for having been brave to walk right through racial barriers and therefore enriching our children with cultural diversity, tolerance, respect and colour blindness. I love us!

    As for racism in the academic world: shameful and it should know better.

    Is that photo from Kelis' birthday party back?

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  9. Olá Max!

    My goodness, then I have more white people in my family than I thought and those I thought to be white might be black after all: I am confused now ahahaha.
    Of course, these theories are racist and stupid and, coming from people who have dedicated their lives to study it makes it even worse.
    I invite people to mix more and increase the beauty in this world.

    Max, you have balls (pardon my directness): well done!

    Tchau

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  10. Max,
    je suis indifférente à la couleur, si ce n'est pour l'admirer.
    J'oublie ( parce que j'ai oublié) que je suis un mélange d'europe de l'ouest, d'europe de l'est et du moyen orient...cette notion qui de définir notre valeur selon notre couleur reste pour ceux qui le vivent encore, que des pultions d'arrière garde. Ces derniers bastions qui vont faire feu de tout bois, sentant que bientôt ils seront classés au même titre que les dinausores, "disparus" sans autre raison, que cet étrangeté de la puissance de la peur de se perdre!!!
    Soyons serein et cependant vigilant, à ce que ces derniers coups de griffes ne déchirent encore plus ceux qui en sont meurtris. La marche de ce siècle sera t il le renouveau de la diversité... sans abolir les extrèmes.
    Biz.
    Sérénité
    Jésus, aujourd'hui porte, peut être un catogan et Marie des jean's...

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  11. Lady A,

    "Beauty beyond words!"

    Absolutely and I thank God for it :D.

    "Sheer Modesty Cheers! ;D"

    LOL LOL LOL...

    You Make me Laugh Cheers

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  12. Shalom Pires Coutinho :D!

    "Our family is incredibly gorgeous. Many refer to us as a small example of the UN, but I say that our melting pot is far more interesting and united than the UN could ever be :)."

    LOL I must agree with you. Oh, the UN can be so disappointing...look at what they are doing regarding Syria...shameful.

    "I salute us, and all our family members, for having been brave to walk right through racial barriers and therefore enriching our children with cultural diversity, tolerance, respect and colour blindness. I love us!"

    I salute us as well - what a bunch lol ;).

    "As for racism in the academic world: shameful and it should know better."

    Right?

    "Is that photo from Kelis' birthday party back?"

    Indeed, indeed...when we were all young and restless lol lol *nodding*...

    Pires Coutinho, thank you so much for your comment. It was great having you here :D.

    Cheers

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  13. Olá Celeste :D!

    "My goodness, then I have more white people in my family than I thought and those I thought to be white might be black after all: I am confused now ahahaha."

    LOL LOL LOL you know? That's what the experts do to us...

    "Of course, these theories are racist and stupid and, coming from people who have dedicated their lives to study it makes it even worse."

    I agree.

    "I invite people to mix more and increase the beauty in this world."

    Amen to that, sister!

    "Max, you have balls (pardon my directness): well done!"

    ROFL...well, thanks.

    Celeste, thank you ever so much for your marvellous input :D.

    Cheers

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  14. Sérénité, ma belle!! :D

    "je suis indifférente à la couleur, si ce n'est pour l'admirer."

    Ah, je te comprends bien...je fais le même.

    "J'oublie ( parce que j'ai oublié) que je suis un mélange d'europe de l'ouest, d'europe de l'est et du moyen orient..."

    Vraiement? Sans nul doute, un beau mélange :).

    "cette notion qui de définir notre valeur selon notre couleur reste pour ceux qui le vivent encore, que des pultions d'arrière garde. Ces derniers bastions qui vont faire feu de tout bois, sentant que bientôt ils seront classés au même titre que les dinausores, "disparus" sans autre raison, que cet étrangeté de la puissance de la peur de se perdre!!!"

    Pas de doute lá dessus! Moi aussi, je pense que les gents comme ça sont en train de disparaître...poof! Une nouvelle ordre des choses, des pensées, est en train de naitre; et ça sera trés interessant de voir, de témoigner...vraiement.

    "Soyons serein et cependant vigilant, à ce que ces derniers coups de griffes ne déchirent encore plus ceux qui en sont meurtris. La marche de ce siècle sera t il le renouveau de la diversité... sans abolir les extrèmes."

    Absolument!!

    "Jésus, aujourd'hui porte, peut être un catogan et Marie des jean's..."

    Que est-ce que ça veut dire?

    Sérénité, merci bien de avoir partagé ton avis avec nous tous :D. Tu nous fais réfléchir...

    Bisous

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  15. "Marie porte des jean's"

    Les écritures demandaient à ce que l'on ne représente pas Dieu et autres saintetés par des peintures où statues.
    l'homme à quand même voulu représenter Dieu à son image...alors que l'homme est à l'image de Dieu...
    Les religions ont figés (entre autre) Jésus et Marie avec des yeux bleus et des cheveux blonds, dans des vêtements!!!
    Si nous n'avions pas cette image fixe, il nous serait facile d'avoir leur perception dans notre intemporel.
    Bien le bonsoir.

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  16. Can't agree more with your thoughts. Shared some of my observations earlier so I too wish that good sense prevail on citizens around the world...

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  17. Sérénité,

    "Les écritures demandaient à ce que l'on ne représente pas Dieu et autres saintetés par des peintures où statues.
    l'homme à quand même voulu représenter Dieu à son image...alors que l'homme est à l'image de Dieu..."

    Malheureusement c'est bien vrai.

    "Les religions ont figés (entre autre) Jésus et Marie avec des yeux bleus et des cheveux blonds, dans des vêtements!!! Si nous n'avions pas cette image fixe, il nous serait facile d'avoir leur perception dans notre intemporel."

    Ah, d'accord, oui: t'as bien raison. Merci pour me l'avoir expliqué :).

    Ma belle, j'ai lu ton article de la dernière semaine, mais j'ai pas réussi à laisser un commentaire parce que j'ai des problémes avec quelques systémes de commentaire (je ne sais pas s'il y a quelque probléme avec mon ordinateur...je sais pas), quand même je l'ai vraiement aimé!

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  18. Hi Kalyan :D!

    "Can't agree more with your thoughts. Shared some of my observations earlier so I too wish that good sense prevail on citizens around the world..."

    *Bowing*. Yes, I remember them well for we have discussed this issue on both our blogs, and I am still hoping that eventually good sense will prevail...

    Kalyan, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  19. Max, this reminded me of those ads where babies are cute when white & not so cute when black. The concept of beauty os related to the colour of one's Sion when it comes to marketing: in Portugal, I mean.

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  20. Hi Ana :D!

    Indeed, Portugal has an odd marketing policy when it comes to races: a few years ago, it didn't even include darker citizens; now, when it does they are the most ugly ones in society while the fair skinned ones are cuter.

    Like you said: it is like the concept of beauty is related to the colour of one's skin; when it is not.

    Ana, fabulous comment (as always): thank you so much :D.

    Cheers

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