Built right into the word itself is utter confusion.
No surprise though given that the system of racism literally thrives in the confusion of its non-white victims.
The same generates the confusion, fuels it, fosters it, perpetuates it and assuredly profits from it. The profit being its very existence.
In isolation, "colorism" might mean something however, it doesn't exist in isolation; it exists in a wider context of racism/white supremacy.
Why is this important/relevant?
For the simple fact that it removes the focus off of the actual issue at hand.
It is a magnificent distraction designed to literally befuddle non-white people.
And it works.
"Colorism's" close cousin is the belief that black people are in fact more racist toward other black people.
A total contradiction in terms if there ever was one.
Its no wonder we haven't yet solved the race problem as we don't know what we are looking at.
But again, no surprise.
In the absence of a real, functioning, operational definition for the term racism, we go with the default definition given to us by the very racist themselves.
Beyond all of the academic terms, countless millions of books, lectures and debates - distilled, the best definition most arrive at is a statement that goes something like: "everybody is a little racist".
This is because until now we have allowed the racists to play this game of semantics to their advantage and to our extreme disadvantage. It is time for some real self-determination and creativity.
With the super squishy and elastic conclusion and definition that "everybody is a little racist", we are stuck with a problem that can not be solved.
After all, if it is everybody, then we're all even, we're all to blame..no harm, no foul.
Worse, if black people are racist toward other black people, then we have no real right to gripe about any of it anyway. Remember "judge not...."
Then we are our own worst enemy it is often said.
This line of thought is also self-defeating, and we're right back to square one.
Distracted and confused.
We then argue and fight among ourselves about who and what the real problem really is.
Is colorism truly the perennial issue? Or is it only a mere symptom of a bigger, more insidious problem?
I propose that it is the latter.
Yes, non-white people do possess some very serious animus towards one another.
More accurately described, its poison.
We do not like each other for all types of social and historical reasons but it is the truth.
In the midst of this utter disdain we're then fed the line that "colorism" is the blame and we take that and run.
An entire cottage industry then springs up around this insanity and we move further and further away from truth.
In an effort to provide some semblance of clarity, and a modicum of focus, in support of the compensatory concept I propose the adoption of the functional definition for the term racism to mean the same thing as white supremacy.
This immediately "disqualifies" a black person from being racist towards another black person for the logical reason that one must be a white person in order to practice white supremacy.
Further, to deal with the colorism confusion, recognize it for what it truly is:
Victims of racism (white supremacy) mistreating other victims of white supremacy (racism) for the further strengthening and increasing the power of the system of white supremacy..
When non-white people are at odds with one another over shades of brown, length of hair, and type of hair, they (collectively) are made weaker while the system of racism maintains and grows in power.
Just look around.
Eric Spann (copyright 2014)