I caught part of the People Poll this morning on the Russ Parr Morning Show. The morning crew was taking calls about the internet stories that are going around regarding a speech that rapper David Banner supposedly gave at South Carolina State University, recently, where he got down on the sisters in the audience by questioning why they permed their hair saying that it was a form of self hatred and "black on black crime."
Of course, the sisters who called into the show weren't having it!
But Banner did have a point when he talked about black self hatred.
Black folks are often in denial about being self hata's even though the roots of the hatred go back hundreds of years.
When our ancestors were brought here as captives, they were told that their black skin was a result of the "Ham curse."
Although this myth can easily be dispelled by using a map and reading the actual Biblical text, it did lay the foundation for centuries of racism.
Despite the accolades that we bestow upon Madame C J Walker for inventing the straightening comb and being the first American woman self made millionaire, her products did cater to the inferiority complexes of black women.
Even so, according to Colin Grant's book "Negro with a Hat," she did contribute money to Marcus Garvey's black pride movement.
Also, we must remember "the Doll Tests" conducted by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark during which black children found white dolls more attractive than black ones.
No matter how much it hurts, self hatred is a part of our history.
Am I the only one who had to read Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" in high school ?