Black Culture : A Black Person Of Color Essay

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It’s impossible to be a black person of color raised within the confines of America 's white supremacist culture and escape becoming racially conscious at a young age. Aside from the trauma externally from the dominant society; nothing reflects white supremacy more than the intracultral exchanges within black culture. Most southern black Americans who lived through the Jim Crow and the Civil Rights eras carried and indoctrinated very poisonous ideologies reflective of their times into the younger generations. Instead of breaking mental chains of enslavement they continued brainwashing and crippling the next generations with self-hate and colorism. Black culture in America is very reflective of this today.

My family is no different than any other black family who survived these eras. My family’s heritage reflects deep southern roots as well as indigenous Native American, Caribbean(Belize) and African ancestry. My maternal great grandmother was full-blood Native being of Cheraw/Yamassee and Seminole ancestry. She passed away when I was 3 or 4 years old so I have very vague memories her. However, my mother spent a lot of time with her being that was grandmother. I’m sure not solely responsible, she is attributed with propagandizing colorism based insecurities within my mother’s generation of the family. I’ve heard stories of her being more favorable toward her lighter skinned grandchildren. Luckily, I was able to escape my childhood without a color complex…

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