Black History Month: What Name Do You Identify With?
Over the last week of Black History Month, I have started to think on things that matter to me as a melanated individual. First allow me to say this, I DO NOT LIKE BEING GROUPED WITH ANYTHING THAT I DID NOT SELECT. That being said, I don’t like to be called BLACK and I will tell you why in a second. Personally, I despise anything that separates the creation of life in categories. Those categories then are made into hierarchies and classify people for one reason or the next. I HATE THAT SHIT!
No really, following history we know that there is one existence. We begin to buy into this garbage and separate ourselves naturally. Social classes, income brackets, races, religion, nationality, location, government affiliation, currency, area codes, music choice, favorite color, eye color, hair color, sports teams, colleges, education level, degrees, weight, sexual preference, marital status, age and the list goes on all divisive. These things are necessary for marketing and medical research but for all other things, can’t we all just get along? This is the nature of man to be divisive.
Pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers, blue diamonds and purple horse shoes are all different but in a bowl of Lucky Charms with almond milk, they taste the same! I always have issues with the color BLACK when you refer to people of color. Say it loud, I’m Black and I’m proud! That is not the issue – the term BLACK has a major insignificant value to it. I am determined to speak of progress for Black History Month. I like the term Urban, but it applies to the city and includes everyone and I know that can be confusing to people, that need division. Africans are from Africa and Americans are from America but named under the constitution that was signed in 1776 when the Emancipation Proclamation was not issued by Abraham Lincoln until 1862 and signed in 1863. The AMENDMENT that moved a slave to a human – I don’t want to get into all of that. I want to speak about the term BLACK.
The term Black may only mean a color but in reality, Many of us do not reflect that color and therefore causes us to live a lie of sorts. I know, I personally, change from the hue of toast to hazelnut. I have friends that are milk chocolate, dark chocolate and latte. Brown belongs to the Latina population so I would not say Brown. The word melanated actually does not exist but is the best description of who and what we are. According to the Etymology Dictionary Online:
- melanin (n.)
- dark brown or black pigment found in animal bodies, 1832, Modern Latin, with chemical suffix -in (2); first element from Greek melas (genitive melanos) “black,” from PIE root *
If that does not describe our race, I don’t know where else you can get a better description. I would change the animal to say mammalian, just for human comfort. Conceptually melanated fits. Now, because people will not like the animal reference (I totally understand), I have another idea. Historically we change our identity every decade or so and not to cover the entire spectrum of the naming convention, but we have been Negroid, Negro, Colored, People of color, Black, Africans, African – American, we are playing with Urban, Moors, Kemetic, the tall smooth skinned people, plus many more names. I like to say the real reference for aliens, but that is an entirely different article.
I have always been fond of the term Khemetic first it sounds like the word, “kinetic” like kinetic energy. Second, It actually was the name of Egypt pre – Alexander The Great embarking on his first first adventure there. Khemet – the place where the word Chemistry comes from, originally Khemia, means “the land of black earth”. Given that I am Cairo Qween, it makes sense. I am all about arming people with information as an Information Activist, so here is a homework assignment for you. Go to the online origin dictionary www.etymonline.com, you can also look in an Etymology Dictionary and search for Chemistry, Melanin and see if you see a parallel. Then search Black and see if you identify with those terms on all six pages.
While I am on this, why do we have to call it History, His- Story when we refer to ourselves is irrelevant. We should call it the Remembrance of OUR STORY or Our Journey. This editorial piece allows me to speak my mind and this is an issue that has bothered our group for centuries. There is a reason for this. If you ever read the Bible, Old and New Testaments have a scenario where both God and Jesus are asked at separate times what they are named. Now, neither one give a response to name them but, GOD in the Old Testament says, I Am That I Am. Jesus, in like fashion is asked a similar question and he replies with a question, “Who do men say that I am?” Both of these are examples of contractual agreements. In other words offer and acceptance.
you identify with.
I AM CAIRO QWEEN and I am using my digital currency to empower people!
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