The man in this video terrifies me. He is relatively young, strong, and wears his prejudice on his sleeve for the entire world to see. I fear that he is the kind of man that is always on the edge of violence. In this video, he is targeting protesters while saving special disdain for the black person operating the camera.
But it isn’t just the fact that he is letting his racism show, it is also the fact that he is also acting like so many people that I know here in Oklahoma. It leaves me asking myself how we are ever going to get past the prejudice that permeates society.
For one, my answer starts by standing with all the people that have been, and continue to be, victims of prejudice. I will grant that I fail to live up to my ideals, but the best that I can do is to continue to try.
I want a better world than the one that we have now, and returning to the prejudice of the past isn’t the way to achieve it.
There was a lot that I liked about naming colors for different skin tones. I have learned a lot about skin color as well as learning some new things about myself. While it is true that I don’t want to spend an excessive amount of time trying to come up with skin colors, I also can’t leave them completely alone.
I have been disabused of the idea that this will be the final list. It seems like there will always be some other color or shade that sounds like a better description. With that in mind, here is my current list of skin colors:
||Light, pale white
||Medium, white to light brown
||Olive, moderate brown
||Brown, dark brown
||Very dark brown to black
||Naturally black-brown skin
One of the things that I learned is that I gave considerable more time to coming up with just the right name for my skin type. Like it or not, I see that skin type every day when I look in the mirror. I could tell that the descriptions weren’t all that accurate. What I didn’t worry about was whether the other colors assigned to skin types reflected the color of their skin accurately. Part of the problem can be seen in the chart itself.
Arguably, type 1, 2, and 3 would be grouped into a “white” category while type 4, 5, and 6 would be grouped into people of color. There would also be some debate whether the darker type 3 people should be considered people of color or whether the lighter type 4 people should be considered “white”. The reality is that there is no clear distinction and accurate color for individual groups of people. We are all just a point on a continuous smear or color ranging from an almost complete lack of melanin to skin so saturated with melanin that color descriptions are almost meaningless.
Race is a concept created by humans, but it doesn’t map very well to the reality of the natural world. Still, if trying to get the color of my own skin right was so important to me, I can only imagine that it must be as important to the groups that rarely – if ever – get to see themselves represented in stories. I can only hope that this list will allow people who read my story to see themselves represented. But more than seeing themselves represented by any particular color, I hope that my readers won’t find any part of the story that excludes them.
I’ve always looked up to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (no pun intended). Now I look up to him as a hero. It isn’t sports that makes him a hero, it’s his compassion and understanding.
The thing about race is that, scientifically, there is no such thing. As far back as 1950, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the conclusions of an international group of anthropologists, geneticists, sociologists, and psychologists that stated that the concept of race was not a scientific entity but a myth.