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WHY RACISM IS ABOUT THE MIND AND NOT NECESSARILY ABOUT THE SKIN

WHY RACISM IS ABOUT THE MIND AND NOT NECESSARILY ABOUT THE SKIN

In nearly all cases of discrimination it is believed to be over black skin but is the skin color really the main object for discrimination or is it a substitute. What is the reference point used for being too dark or even just right. In New Orleans's the octoroon, quadroon, mulatto and mustee social groups would use the Brown Paper Bag Test as a form of racial discrimination practiced within the African-American high societies by comparing an individual's skin tone to the color of a brown paper bag. The test was allegedly used as a way to determine whether or not an individual could have certain privileges; only those with a skin color that matched or was lighter than a brown paper bag were allowed admission or membership privileges. The test was believed by many to be used in the 20th century by many African-American social institutions such as sororities, fraternities, and churches.

For many with African-american descent the skin was the issue against their darker skin brothers but they couldn't escape the same mindset as their darker skinned comrades being they were Black themselves, but for whites it seems to be a perceived notion that East Indians and Malaysians whose complexions can be just as dark as Africans were more intelligent. This brings a hypothetical to the surface, is discrimination by whites really about the dark skin or is it a discrimination of the minds. To be more exact, is it about assuming that Indians and Malaysians are more intelligent than Africans therefore whites alienate Africans because of their assumed lack of intelligence with using their skin color as the culprit.

"She couldn’t perform the contemporary dance with the team, her skin clashed with the color of the red uniforms.

"he was "too dark" to model and Black boys weren't in demand." These are all real stories and the issues are the dark skin but is that enough or, is there more?

We cannot get into the mind of those who discriminate but we can reason with ourselves to press on inspite of the cause.