"i wanna be white"

I was browsing through YouTube a couple of days ago and came across this video of a four or five-year-old Mexican girl talking about how anything that isn't white is "gay." This rather disturbing clip illustrates some of the damaging affects of white supremacy and heterosexism on young people of color.

Sound familiar? (See also: No! I'm Not Black! I'm White!!, A Girl Like Me, Black Dolls/White Dolls and Issues in Identity)


Jimmy Higgins said...

Nice find.

I guess...

I've watched it several times (and then lifted the link to plug the Erase Racism Carnival, over at Fire on the Mountain). What's really unsettling is the attitude of the older folks there. They're alternately horrified, amused, spooked and then, I fear, fatalistic. They know it's fucked, but they don't know how to tell her that.

And its official YouTube category is Comedy. Sheesh...

Anonymous said...

The problem of identity is an old problem among Africans and people of Arican descent. Frankly, I do not think that Dr. Dubois did much to help solve the problem.

As we move to unify Africa, we are finding it increasingly difficult to define our people in terms of skin color only. We are Africans. Therefore, we need to think of ourselves in terms of our heritage and geo-poltical interests.

At fudaa.blogspot.com, we are working to solve this problem of identity once and for all. To this end, we especially would like to develop better contacts with our people who have Hispanic cultural ties. From North America it is extremely difficult to reach our people in such places as Brazil especially.

If anyone can put me into contact with any persons of African descent in any of the Latin countries, especially Brazil, please contact me at my blog.

We are planning to participate in the African Parliament. But to do so effectively, it is best that we build relationships throughout the African Diaspora.

So far, the internet has proven to be one of the best, if no the best, means to communicate within the African Nation.


Anonymous said...

Staement from Her Excellency Gertrude Mongella, Honorable President of the African Parliament

As president of the PAP, what is your vision?

GM: Africa has come a long way. We have emerged from a history of slavery, a history of colonization, and a history of discrimination of so many forms. We are now free from those issues practically and we want to move towards development that recognizes the space of Africa within this globe in particular now that people want to have a world without borders. If Africa does not strengthen itself first, we are going to be just dragged into this globalization. So my vision is the same vision of the AU that wants an Africa, which is strong politically, economically, which is peaceful and whose people are very secure. This is also my vision and that is why I see my role as president as a very critical role to make sure that this parliament represents the ideas of the African people in that direction.

It's also my responsibility to make sure that we are not a Parliament only serving Africa. We can link Africa to the Diaspora where there are a lot of African people who for many years or centuries have been living outside Africa. They're our people. We have the same DNA, so this is their home. They can move around the world but they belong to us. They are our kin's people. For a long time in the history we came from we could not link up with them. This is the time to bring in their voices for their continent because being in Europe, Latin America, in The Caribbean, does not mean that they do not belong here. This is part of their home and this is a concept we have to work on.

We have to work on this idea of including the Diaspora, but at the same time the Parliament should be able to link up with other Parliaments and we've started doing so. The European Parliament, The Parliamentary Council of Europe, The Latin American Parliament and this is another big role if we really want to play a part in the development of the Globe. We are not just interested in developing Africa in the corner; we are interested to make an impact on the development of Africa and the development of the Globe. For example now there's a very big debate on the reform of the UN. We also want to make sure that we take part in such debates and that African people are going to make some contribution on this debate through parliament. We also want for example to make a contribution in debate around the World Trade Organization. One of this issues being discussed is the subsidies and you look at the cotton growers, some of them come from the African villages. They have to have a voice in these debates. Ministers should go to the meetings of the WTO with the voices of the African people and the African Parliament can really help us in such meetings by discussing these topics in our parliament.

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