Never quite understood why the white skin has been considered superior. Or why historically white skinned people have considered themselves superior. When I was exploring a film on Nelson Mandela, I was horrified at the open statements made by the politicians of that time. They called the “darkies’ , not quite human, or like children that deserved to whipped. The British colonists called the Arabs ‘Fuzzy Wuzzies’, us ‘those damn natives’. It’s not that far ago in History that the white Americans were regularly indulging in ‘mob hangings’ or ‘stringings’ of innocent black people as they called them – almost as a sport. But what about us ? North Indians used to look down upon the South Indians because the colour of their skin. Still do……
I remember as a child in Delhi always hearing the disparaging remark ‘Kala Kaluta’ (Blackie). Non withstanding that we learn’t in class about the incredible societies that florished in Southern India. Come on guys – we so used to call (and probably still do) African’s “Habshees”. I have tried to explain it with many theories – but none holds really …
That the Whites were the colonists and then the rulers – but they were not always. That the Aryans came in and ruled India, claiming themselves the Brahmins, and being fairer created a culture of the superiority of the fairer skin. But why in all our pictorial representations are our Hindu Gods always fair (Sita, Ram,Laxman), and the Asura’s always a darker skin. Barring of course Krishna, but then he is blue, not black.
And why is “fair and lovely” the best selling cosmetic in India – and why do men also buy it now. And why do all marriage proposals say ‘fair young virgin’ and not ‘dusky young virgin’ ? I far prefer duskiness to the fair skin personally. And why does white always represent purity, and dark as the region where evil lurks. Is is at simple as night and day ? I doubt it.
It is completely cultural – but how did it become world wide ?
And why was the worst thing Harbhajan could call Symmonds a Monkey ? Thereby using the great cultural myth that his race is closer to the great apes that we evolved from – insinuating that he is less evolved than others. And as far as I know, the Aboriginal cultures were one of the most spiritual in the world – who’s ‘dream state’ has a far deeper understanding of the natural relationship between man and nature, before the white man came and completely destroyed it. As was the case of the native American people.
Look deeper into History and you will find that the so called ‘darker skinned’ races understood the symbiotic nature of the Universe. And man’s place in it. They understood life as play, and their purpose not as conquest. Like the Dolphin, who has such greater emotional intelligence than we do, such people were doomed to be caught in the nets of the predatory white skin. And were the predatory instincts of the white skinned people honed because they were formed in harsher climates with very little myth and spiritual natures to nurture them ?
I really do not know, as there must be glaring exceptions all that I theorize – so please come n with your own thoughts – but :
Welcome Barak Obama. Whether you make it to the Presidency or not, it has shown that the US has finally gotten over the ‘supremacy of the white skin’ syndrome’.