Yeah; I reckon it was because I knew I oughtn’t‘ve wanted to. I reckon it was because they say we black men do that anyhow. They say we rape white women when we got the clap and they say we do that because we believe that if we rape white women then we will get rid of the clap…when folks say things like that about you. You whipped before you born.
Bigger, tell me, did you feel more attraction for Mary than the women of your own race?…Naw. But they say that. It ain’t true.
Native Son by Richard Wright
Few weeks ago, I read Richard Wright’s Native Son over again, and I must confess that it is one of the most powerful and truthful novels I have ever come across. It doesn’t just capture the scenery and life of Negros; it also gives a futuristic evolvement of the Black society which is now being captured in an aspect of BlackLivesMatter Movement.
Way back, the Black men have often been accused of wanting white women. They are accused of fetishism towards the idea of what it feels like being with a white woman. Bigger Thomas, one of Native Son characters, attests to this by stating in the quote above (View Excerpt).
While reading Native Son, it brought out some stereotypes perceived towards the Black Man. When a Black Man is alone with a White Woman, most likely is there a motive for rape. Even though it doesn’t happen, he is confined to the conception that Black Men often want to bed White women.
During my final year in school, I did some projects on Negritude, and doing the course of the research, I came across some criticism towards the hypocrisy of Black men, especially those at the forefront of Negritude movement. While fighting for the Black man against Racism, they were quick in taking white women as their spouse, one of those mentioned was: Leopold Senghor, the first president of Senegal who preached forgiveness towards the white skin, mostly especially towards France, a country where he later resided.
If you have been watching “Grown-ish”, a TV series by Kenya Barris, there was a particular episode where the Twins discussed how black women were below the hierarchy of least dated women, and even how many Black men chilled with white ladies.
Call it Bi-racial relationship; say that people are looking past the skin colour when it comes to love; I think that there is fetishism for white ladies and also the light complexion women. Sometimes, I think that the stereotype has become true. Even in a country like Nigeria where we would be considered Black Skin, the admiration towards light complexion is so farfetched that it is revealed in the entertainment industry most especially in music videos where dark skin ladies are often rejected because of how they look. Sometimes, when you read some actress stories, you hear statements like their being dark played a role in their difficulty to getting some major roles in the movie industry.
Or whenever I sit down to watch Zee World with my siblings, I hear them say- do you know that it’s the Black Indians who are poor? They do the menial jobs. The black Indians often have no say in that country, and I begin to wonder- Can a Black person be a racist especially towards his own country fellow?