Education or Miseducation

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So you read The Bluest Eye in college.

Fabulous.

You have a degree.

Wonderful.

You let your hair go natural.

Beautiful.

You bought all of Erykah Badu's CDs, and understood some them.

Congratulations.

That's the black and white.

What most educated basic bitches fail to grasp is the gray areas in between. You can possess all of the book sense in the world, but if you lack the exposure and life experience to turn it into something useful then you are going through life being perpetually indignant, while aping other people's opinions and outrages, and not forming any unique thoughts of your own.

None of this Beyonce shit is new. There was controversy about her skin in 2008.

And 2005.

And 2003.

We have a problem with her natural skin tone, we have a problem when she tans, we have a problem when she gets chemical peels, and we have a problem when she paints her face.

When will these conversations stop?

Brown skin is not offensive by itself. Black Face and minstrel shows were not offensive simply because performers darkened their skin.

Had Beyonce been painted brown while eating a banana and scratching herself, I think I may have been offended.

If Beyonce had been painted brown while talking like John Coffey, I think I may have been offended.

If Beyonce had been painted brown while eating a chicken-fried watermelon and tap-dancing, perhaps I might have mustered up the energy to give a quarter of a fuck.

The photos of her in brown skin represented a small part of larger pictorial.
She was modeling. Fela Kuti was not the biggest fan of the Europeanization of African women so perhaps that was the homage. I don’t know. What I do know is that she was not depicting Blacks in an outwardly buffonish way. That was the true intent of Black face and minstrel shows. Not to reduce Blacks to a skin tone, but to reduce them…...

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