My daughter came home after her first day at her new school and she asked why she was being referred to as black.
“Mummy Black means dirty” she said.
She knows her colours and tried to make me realize that her skin is brown and that of her new classmates are a shade of brown and peach.
This got me thinking of the origin of the racial label “Black” and the negative connotation of the colour.
- Black market
- Black Sheep
- Black – hearted
- Black humor
White on the other hand stands for purity, innocence, virginity, cleanliness, heaven, peace which are inherently positive.
Who has ever seen a white human being though? I know i haven’t …
The English language was definitely an expression of the Europeans to favour their interest.
Hence they referred to us as they perceived us to be “Black”
but that was our past.
We can change our future by referring to ourselves in more positive terms there by changing our realities.