Creating The Blackness of Africa
Generally, the black colour is interpreted to mean the opposite of white colour and there could not be anything wrong with that. But should such be cleverly translated to mean the identity of a people, like black to be equal to black people and therefore Africans or of African origin and white equal to white people or of European origin, the whole argument of colour would have lose its significance.
It is obvious that the self-acclaimed winners in this colour classifications are also the ones who propagated the idea for a reason that is not far-fetched at all. Let me explain.
When Europeans refers to themselves as Whites or white civilisation and Africans as Blacks or Dark Continent, they are making a direct comparison of good vs bad, light vs day. And when on the other hand they decide to use one part of the equation, say for instance they refer to an African as a black man or a black woman, there is nothing in their subconscious that suggests that they are referring to anything of dignity or worthy of any pride.
The question now is when some Africans refers to themselves as Blacks or black people, are they too making that unconscious comparison or do they have a different meaning for their blackness?
Taking a cue from the United States, for example, one might argue that the predominant classification of people into Red Indians, Black people or White people has settles it all. After all, the colour attachment only serves to identify the different people living together in the same community.
Arguments in support of the above has been demonstrated many times, especially through Hollywood films. Take this scenario for instance: a detective is tracking a suspect. At a point, he gives the following report to a superior: “the subject is by the corner, he is tall ‘black’ or ‘white”, as the case may be…
While the above may sound like a good reason to justify the usage of skin colour to identify a suspect, there is one important question that needs to answered?: “Does the black or white colour as used actually describe the skin tone of the people in question?” The answer is “No”, because if the skin colour of an average African-American is reproduced in a paper and given to a child in an elementary school to identify, the child will most certainly fail if he identifies the colour as black.
So which colour are we talking about then by black people? You tell me.