Recently, I wrote on George Floyd’s murder and the consequent global protests. Black Lives Matter, all of us are proclaiming this. Now thanever before, we’re standing up against racial atrocities.
But the question is: When did Black Lives stop to matter?
As I listened to a children’s radio program on Saturday 6 June 2020, something got my mind.
A radio presenter asked a child if he attends Sunday school. The child replied in the affirmative. Then, Radio presenter: What colour is the devil?
At 6 years of age, this child had already been taught to believe the devil’s colour is black.
I asked myself, what would prevent such children from attempting to run away from blackness when they grow up? And if the devil is black, how will these children relate with peers whose complexion is darker? Aren’t these the things that drive black girls to bleach?
I asked myself if it was necessary to label the Devil with any colour. Wasn’t it time we let the Devil simply remain the Devil.
Black robes for funerals, white gowns for
weddings. Black artists and celebrities
metamorphose into light-skin overnight. We have fed ourselves with the notion that black symbolizes a catastrophe. And this sociocultural belief has birthed innumerable racial catastrophes.
Sylvia Karimi is a finalist student of Bachelor of Education (Arts) at South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya