I asked my followers on a couple of social media pages to help with my next, ‘Being Black’ video on YouTube. My next topic is Mental Slavery. In the picture below you can just about see the points I came up beforehand.
Supremacy: the state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power, or status.
I received quite a few suggestions after posting that picture, so many in fact that I was no way going to address them all in YouTube video. So, I decided to create a series of blog posts addressing quite a few of those points. The first and probably most important points is the act of dividing and conquering.
Now, I was going to entitle this, ‘White Supremacy’ instead of ‘Divide and Conquer’, but the fact of the matter is, that I do not see white people as superior. They are just strategic. And boy did their strategy work!
Now, the biggest problem that was born out of this scheme, is the fact that we no longer trust our own. We seem to be against each other in a world that is already against us. We currently have no chance in this losing battle. We find it so hard to buy from our own, to support our own, even work with our own. But find it so easy to buy, support and work for the white man.
I put this down to the fact that we have been conditioned to think white is right. Ever since a young age all the “positive” images that we are force fed to us, center around our white counterparts. So much so, that we have classed those of us with lighter skin as more desirable and more approachable. Why? Because the lighter the skin, the closer they are to being white.
The lighter the skin. The looser the curl pattern. The slimmer the nose. The better.
Is it our fault that we think this way? No. We are continuously being divided, so we are easier to conquer. This doesn’t just happen in the Western world, oh no no no. This is a WORLDWIDE issue. How on earth did the minority manage to make us feel as though they are the majority? Well the pretty much control the images that we see on a daily basis that feeds into our subconscious.
There I said it! The cause of almost all of our problems. As much as I hate using such a generic term, it’s the truth… well not to mention the fact that “great” Britain managed to forcibly place itself in 90% of the world (yes I mean invade). Forcing its language, religion and ideas of beauty across the majority of the globe.
Not only did they invade us. They also stole us.
Not all black people where forced to leave Africa. If we look further back into history we will learn that our people traveled way before the transatlantic slave trade. But those who were stolen from the motherland, somewhat completely dismissed their African roots and claim to be Caribbean. Yes, you may have grandparents and great grandparents who were born in the Caribbean. But let’s not forget that countries such as Britain and France were importing Africans to work for them, harvesting sugar canes and tobacco in both Jamaica and Barbados during the 1600s for almost 200 years. And yet we still hear about the ‘Caribbean vs African’ debates on Twitter and even used as a theme for Raves.
Long story short, by dividing us physically they have conquered us mentally. Through invading our countries and forcing their whiteness upon us they have managed to use to power of images, words, and social constructs to make us want to always be in competition with our own. We struggle to buy black. We struggle to celebrate black success. We struggle to embrace black beauty in all its shades and sizes. We struggle to be black.
Through struggle comes strength. Be strong my black people. Be strong.