Thanks for posting this. I was just going over one of my church song books on the trains this morning and evening – circling the phrases in the songs that use black/white or other racist imagery. Yep – this is motivation to keep at it….
Both of those videos are wonderful and enlightening. I especially love A Slip of the Tongue.
I liked what the final commenter said in A Girl Like Me about many blacks not knowing where they came from. There are a lot of questions that I have asked myself. My family is from Trinidad and I only know that my maternal grandparents came from St Vincent and that I had a great grandparent who was a Carib…but that’s it. I wish I knew what African nation I was from. People have asked me if I was West African/Nigerian so perhaps that’s a clue (Yoruba, perhaps?). But not knowing for sure is a pain.
Once I was sitting in a bookstore reading a chapter about the colonization of Africa in this book on British imperialism and this fellow started talking to me and I told him how sad the chapter made me. And guess what his response was?
“Well, that’s all in the past.”
So dismissive…as if history has no impact on the present. So many blacks in the diaspora may never know which peoples/cultures their ancestors came from because they were robbed.
I loved both of these videos for their honesty. Every time I see footage of the doll test it fills me with such sadness. I know that black children have so few very positive role models and everything about society will teach them that whiteness is what they should value. This is why hueism continues to be a problem in our community.