– Black people are poor and despicable. I’m a rich person, therefore I’m not like those black people.
– Black people are ignorant and lack proper education. I’ve graduated from University, therefore I’m less black now.
– Black people lack good manners and attitude. I speak English very well, and I eat at table with fork and spoon, therefore I’m different from those savages!
– Where are you from? “I’m originally from …” (understand like “I came from some poor and despicable country, but now I live in a rich country, therefore, you know, I’m now different from those savages who gave birth to me)
– Black people worship stones and natural animistic forces (Voodoo). I’m born or converted Catholic, and go to church, there I should escape the treatment reserved to those Black people.
– Black people dress with animal skin and some banana sheet. I’m always dress in suit and western style clothes, therefore I’m civilized.
Who taught you to hate the color of your skin to such extent, that you bleach to get like the white man?
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who taught you to hate your own kind?
Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?
Who taught you to hate being what God gave you?”
~ Portion of a speech recorded by Malcolm X
“They laughed at your clothes; and made you change your clothes,
“They laughed at your names; and made you change your names;
“But most importantly they laughed at your God; and made you change your God.”
~ John Henrik Clarke
In the end, those Black people are in constant search of approval by white people to feel worthy, and will go to extreme to “shame” their own community (also called “Black shaming”), and do anything possible to avoid or lessen the Black features they are born with. The trauma is well entrenched, and not easy to deal with.
The hard conclusion I could share with those victim of the “Oprah Syndrome” is this: It’s a white man world we got to be living in. And, you’ll be treated as a Black person before anyone will learn about the long list of diploma you’ve got, how much money you have in your bank account, or how intelligent you are.
Our duty is to accept ourselves like we are, and work tirelessly to empower ourselves to be strong as a community, not just as individual successes. Individual successes will never be enough to bring dignity to our community.
Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.