I honestly didn’t know what to make of 78 year old Oscar winning actor Lou Gossett Jr.’s comments on his racial identity, but something about it struck me in a strange manner because it left the taste in my mouth that he was attempting to distance himself away from being categorized as Black.
This has been an epidemic in the Black community, who has more names than the creator Himself and has yet to be content with whatever latest label we deem ourselves to be.
But it goes deeper than a label in my book, because no matter how creative the covering maybe, if we feel as though we are worthless to the core it will bring no sense of satisfaction at all.
Also, since being Black is like a rare credit card – not accepted in most places – many of us find some very creative ways to reduce our levels of Blackness in order to be accepted by those who don’t like us no matter how hard we try.
It’s almost as though our Blackness is treated like being exposed to high doses of radiation and too dangerous to be associated with because of the many risks to our health.
So we live a life where in most of our days our minds are caught up in adjusting our natural selves to neatly fit into the stereotypical framework of what the sick racist mind determines as our boundaries.
If anyone of us doubts that we have some serious issues about our selves as God made us then let that person know that they are mentally ill on a severe level.
It took us hundreds of years to arrive into this mentality and it will take us damn near just as long to completely break the mental chains of oppression that we have suffered over and above any other people who have walked the face of this earth!
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Peace, Righteous Love & Revolution Always,