Nothing makes me more angry than Black women buying into the race based looks hierarchy. You know that gosh darn totem pole. When I hear people and it’s mostly Black people say that “Black Women are at the bottom of the totem pole” it’s like hearing Freddy Kruger’s nails on a chalk board. I want to beat some self-pride in them with a stupid stick. So instead of getting violent I am about to do my duty and set that totem pole on fire and then extinguish it from your memory.
First of all let me explain what a totem pole is. According to Merriam-Webster totem pole is:
“1 : a pole or pillar carved and painted with a series of totemic symbols representing family lineage and often mythical or historical incidents and erected by Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America. 2 : an order of rank:hierarchy.”
The race based beauty totem pole is nothing more than an artificial social construct created by people to benefit themselves. Meaning it’s not real. It’s man made and there is no scientific basis behind it. Think about it, if you live in Europe, the America’s or places that dealt with European imperialism and white supremacy you will probably live in a society that recognizes eurocentic features. If you don’t live in these places your cultures standards of beauty are probably different. Remember that just because you happen to live in eurocentric society that does not mean our afrocentic features aren’t just as beautiful. They are. So we must create our own spaces to acknowledge it.
Think about it this way, if you live in a society where your culture is the dominate culture wouldn’t you promote your image first and foremost? What fool if they had the chance wouldn’t promote themselves unless they have serious self-esteem issues or have the modesty of Mother Theresa.
Have you ever heard the statement that if someone says a lie many times that they will eventually believe it is true? That is what is happening now and that is all the racial beauty totem pole is. It is lie. WE ARE NOT INFERIOR! We are not on the bottom unless YOU believe you are. So stop saying it. Black women are beautiful, intelligent, and amazing. We come in every shape, size, and color. We are from every corner of this globe and speak many languages. We are the original daughters of Eve and a reflection of her beauty. So do me and most importantly yourself a favor. Love yourself and embrace your Black beauty. ”God don’t make ugly.” Today take a moment to look in the mirror and appreciate god’s creation. Appreciate and love YOU!
Remember a revolution always starts between two ears. Start yours today. – BBG