Black is Worthless

Makaila Conley, Staff Writer

Growing up as a person of color in a world that doesn’t appreciate my colored skin has been a nightmare. It seems that we’ve become blind to the beauty of color, and our eyes only see the world in black and white.

As a child, I never had any colored role models. I began hating my color and I wanted the beauty of lighter skin. Everything that has been a part of my childhood was white: Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Jesus, Adam and Eve. Even down to the books I read and the people I saw in the media showed no portrayal of color in a positive light.

A study conducted by The Nielsen Company has found that black people spend an average of seven hours and twelve minutes in total daily watching TV, more than any other race.

Since 2007, the number of films with a diverse cast has not changed; 74% of white people are casted in films, while only 13% of black people are casted. Constantly seeing majorities portrayed in higher positions of power makes people want to strive to attain qualities typically associated with white people. The extermination of black people as a result of police brutality, will drastically alter the demographics of our nation as a whole.

Robert Allen, a white American male, believes that “We [as humans] think our identity is superior, [but] sometimes society convinces us that our identity is no better [than someone else’s].”

According to Allen, “our diversity has been our strength but also our challenge. Usually,” he elaborated, “when you have multiple groups in a society, one group is dominant. And in this case, it has been white americans.”

Being raised in this world with the lack of diversity in films led me to develop self esteem issues that have followed me throughout my adolescent years.

As a matter of fact, I often thought my skin was a disease;I use to think that God had made my skin with paint and I tried to erase God’s mistakes with an eraser, to scrub the skin tone off until I approved.

People of color are associated with being ghetto and loud, and if they don’t meet these standards, then they are called “whitewashed”. Being “whitewashed” means that you are proper, grammatically correct and don’t follow the typical stereotypes of one’s race. It’s ignorant to say that a person of color sounds or speaks “white”; a race does not determine how you talk.

It is not entirely media’s fault; people need to be informed on how they’re viewing color, their remarks towards colored tones establish scars.

Everyone needs to know that it is important to not only value yourself as a person, but to inform people on the issues of your race. Race is important in society and that the world is not seen through a black and white lens.

We need to value diversity, and children need to be informed that other races do exist. If kids are not informed they will view other races as a foreign object or an exotic creature, which could potentially spur racism.

A colorless world is not a world at all.