Bias and prejudice based on the color of ones skin is just as American as apple pie. No we Americans certainly didn't invent prejudice, but I do believe that we have perfected it.
Since coming to this country my people have been subjected to a multitude of racist sins by those who kidnapped us and brought us here. Through the years my people watched Caucasians discriminate against not only those of us of African descent; but a multitude of others as well. Our so called founding fathers and their descendants joyfully discriminated against those people of Asian descent, Spanish descent, Italian descent, Polish descent; and we even watched them discriminate against the original Americans, the Native Americans. They practically hunted them until the brink of extinction. I guess that was their reward for helping Europeans to thrive in this wild and sometimes dangerous land. And after watching all of this silly tired ass discrimination what pray tell did we do;?!? Well of course, we started discriminating against each other. Huh? What? Would we possibly do something as stupid as that.........well yeah, I guess we did.
I think it's both a shame and a scandal that there are people of African descent that hate on other people of African descent merely because their respective skin tones are different. The lighter skinned black man against the darker skinned black man, as it were. Whether its a mentality spawned in the battle between the "field hands" or the "house niggas"; or more likely, learned behavior from a negative example, its just a sad and tired phenomenon.
When I was a kid I remember watching a rather interesting episode of Star Trek; in which two races had systematically annihilated one another. One race was black on the left side of its body and white on the right side of its body and the other race was exactly the opposite. Even as a child I understood that this hour of episodic television; though campy as hell, was dedicated to the utter stupidity of inherent prejudice and racism, both in our society and throughout the world.
For the record, I've always thought that it is rather silly for people of different races to hate each other merely because they are different, that's so goddamned simple minded and short sighted. There are far better reasons to hate people than just because the pigment of their skin differentiates from yours. I have been fortunate enough to have dear friends that are people of color and Caucasian and even Asian. We all need to learn to celebrate the differences in all of us rather than focus on hating the differences. I went to a historically black university and while I was there Spike Lee's "School Daze" came out; and ironically it somewhat mirrored life on my campus. Yes, sometimes the movie was to the extreme, but not by that much. Anyone who went to one of the HBCU's or is familiar with any of the predominantly African American fraternities and sororities will know what I'm talking about. I try hard to see the beauty in all people.
I too have been accused of being "color struck" because I went out with so many light skinned sister's; but most of them actually asked me out, not the other way around. The thing that I have always appreciated about being a man of color is the extraordinary variety of complexions that our women actually come in; and there never seemed to be enough time for me to waste time focusing on any one particular shade, because I have mad love for them all.
When are we going to learn to love one another for what we are and not hate on one another for what we're not?!?