Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How We Made Natural Hair = The New Paper Bag Test, Sovereignty Or Self-Immolation, Part 2

How We Opened The Door To Being Replaced By The White Woman NAACP Scam Artist & Other Nonblack Women Like Her

While collecting my own thoughts about this, I've been watching some outstanding discussions about the issues surrounding Rachel Dolezal (the WW scam artist who masqueraded as a Black woman while heading the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP office). The best conversations and comments I've seen have dealt with how we collectively opened the door to this.

Here's a quote from an excellent recent conversation on THIS Facebook page. I'm not sure if the gentleman speaking in the quoted portion is Ms. Coleman's father, but what they're talking about in this exchange is right on the money:
  • Abraham Coleman Though this sentiment or prose is in direct opposition to my being black, as Im the product of a white and black breeding, I agree totally. I can see the bigger picture so no need for me to rant and rail about my "blackness" as a mixed person technically because it opens the door for the rachels and zoe saldana to portray nina simone etc. Total failures. 

    The white person did create the one drop business as a way to "purify" themselves, the black MAN is the black diasporas reason for clinging to the rule. The rule allows for him to sexually poke and prod and procreate with any woman of 'color', to hide his guilt and refusal to survive with black women. I believe runoko rashidi is the best example of my point. Digging for photos of dark asians from 623 BC so the black man feels justified in seeking asian women. Digging for one african ancestor of a white woman justifies.....the phrase "africa is mother to us all", justifies the black mans NEED for NON black women. 

    The sad part is, the black WOMAN identifies as a black man 90% of the time so she refuses to reject the erasure of HER value and black existence. If black men didnt love non black women so much, this "one drop" rule would have died off by now.
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    • Mardria Andrea Coleman Brand new can of worms! 

      I was stabbing myself the entire time I was typing this post because THEE issue is really close to "home". However, I'm glad you did comment with complete understanding of the bigger picture here. Only the black WOMAN is un
      der attack with this "one drop", "everybody is black" BS because 9/10 the rule rears its head when a non black WOMAN is in question. 

      Remember that "light skin felon" everybody was harping about a while back? The green eyes etc..? Black MEN were doing everything in their power to reject that dude as black. No one was fighting to include him. He was high yella amd had green eyes. REJECTED! "THAT DUDE IS NOT BLACK! THE BLACK WOMAN HATES HERSELF FOR LIKING THAT MIXED GUY!" 

      Black men pulled their skirts all the way down during that little fiasco. Precisely why Ive always rejected the one drop rule. It only benefits the SEXUAL and VISUALLY PLEASING PREFERENCE of BLACK MEN. Has nothing to do with anything else.
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    • Abraham Coleman I do recall the "light felon" fodder. Lol. Thats my point. Why isnt "the rock" black? A few weeks ago I witnessed a discussion on whether or not steph curry is black. A discussion involving black men at that. Id quicker claim curry as black than I would rachel dozeal. You see black WOMEN fell inlove with his daughter, (acceptance of curry basically), so the BM had to put a stop to that. "No no black woman, you can like idris and taye diggs. Only we, men, can like zoe kravitz, saldana and j-lo!" 

      Only the black womans allegiance is on the table. I dont know why the black woman ALLOWS and perpetuates that.
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    • Mardria Andrea Coleman Anything for brownie points from BM.... Let them help erase us but keep their image as clear and distinct as possible.
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In another conversation on that Facebook page, Mr. Coleman noted that "the Black woman used her last breath to uphold the image of Black men." Yep, that's absolutely correct. Our. Last. Breath. Which is why we're collectively in a death spiral now.

Breukelen Bleu hosted another excellent recent discussion about all of this. She described how BW's hair boards went from celebrating "typical" BW's hair textures to lifting up loosely curled biracial hair textures.

Faith (blog host of Acts of Faith blog and Facebook page) talked about this same issue 11 months ago in her post, For The Uninformed, This Is What 'Natural' Hair Looked Like Before The'Curly' Infiltration aka "New Black" Took Over. Here's the photo of a 1970s era Afro Sheen ad that accompanied that post.

Faith said:
Look! Hair that looks shiny, moisturized with no dry ends or single strand snarls!
It’s an A-F-R-O.
Just a hairstyle…..
The ONLY act of militancy from wearing a legitimate afro TODAY is doing so in the midst of BLACK PEOPLE!
No texturizing, heat-training required. No Bantu-Knot, Marley Braid-Out, Two-Strand Twist, Roller Set, or a $200 product list and 50 minute DAILY morning regime in sight. The ORIGINAL WASH-N-GO!!!  And I believe the fro didn’t shrink in humidity. No number-type categorization, no mixed-gals or poly-racial ad campaigns (i.e. Carol’s Daughter, Shea Moisture) either….
THIS IS HOW B-L-A-C-K Women and Heritage GETS ERASED:
Please take the time to read Faith's post AND Breukelen Bleu's comment to this post (Ms. Bleu's comment is the first one). 

Oh, there were quite a few A-N-G-R-Y Black women in the comment section to Faith's post who were peddling that "It's just hair" lie. There were also some upset "tragic biracial damsels" in the comment section playing dumb about their privilege. Well, I hope it's crystal clear now that BW are reaping the whirlwind with that "It's just hair" self-deception.

Ms. Bleu did a recent Facebook post (which appears to be locked now) pointing out the connection between the above situation, the Black hair boards' transition from lifting up "typical" BW's hair texture to lifting up loosely curled, biracial-type hair textures, and the increasing presence of WW like the NAACP imposter (and other nonblack women) standing in BW's space. I agree that it's all connected. Here's what one of my friends said in reaction to Ms. Bleu's recent Facebook post (emphasis added in red bold):
She is correct on ALL POINTS.  I left the hair boards around the time we met because of what was developing.  The lift up of the "curl" versus our dominant hair textures. Folks working themselves into pretzels to have pictures of a "SINGLE CURL" on an otherwise non-curl hair type of  head. All this blond hair wearing, etc. to attract a negrah male gaze that is not looking their way.  Those that continue to chase after the purple unicorn will never break free.

Another sign of the death of [African-Americans], because we refuse to own the pathologies that we have and then to really work on them.  Natural hair became another "paper bag" test.

As for as the Becky SCAM artist, I hope that they file criminal charges for fraud and make her pay restitution for any scholarships or grants. 
As somebody who wore a nappy, natural afro at various times during the Jheri curl heyday of the 1980s, I'm happy I never joined or paid any attention to those natural hair boards. 

I'm happy I never joined those natural hair boards for the same reason I ultimately walked away from the Black mosque.

Which is the same reason I ultimately walked away from Black professional organizations.

Which is the same reason I ultimately walked away from [dead] Black community activism.

Because I learned through repeated negative experiences that our collective refusal to address and eradicate our [internalized racism-inflicted] pathologies means that Black organizations will always inevitably devolve into destructive mess. This has always been the fatal inherent flaw with all African-American organizations and pseudo-institutions.

Rev. Albert Cleage (he’s writer Pearl Cleage’s father) explained this in his book Black Christian Nationalism. Much of his analysis in this 1972 book is outdated and mistaken. However, much of it has been proven correct by subsequent events regarding African-Americans (emphasis in bold):
No other Black group [he’s speaking of the church that he founded] (other than the Black Muslims) is willing to face seriously the fact that Black people are psychologically sick and have been systematically conditioned to hate themselves and love their oppressor. Every other Black group tries to program with Black people the way they are (which is obviously an impossibility)… pg. 212-213.

“…in every way we have contributed to our own enslavement. Our powerlessness has been perpetuated by our inability to build genuine Black institutions and our refusal to accept genuine Black leadership. Black pseudo-institutions existing in the Black community (such as the Black church) have actually served the interests of the White oppressor. pg.209. 
I don’t know if Rev. Cleage lived long enough to see Min. Farrakhan sell out the Nation of Islam to Scientology. In any event, the mass African-American self-hatred and belief in Black inferiority that Rev. Cleage spoke of in 1972 is a thousand times worse in 2015.

For a follow-up discussion, please see One Less Soldier's (blog host of Not Your Girl Friday) essay and the comments to her post, Imma say it again; Beware the Cloak of Black Male &White Female Privilege!