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  • pierre jefferson
    Thank you for posting this in depth look into the darker versus lighter skin blacks during slavery. It totally rings true! That southern white slave owners
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 15, 2011
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      Thank you for posting this in depth look into the
      darker versus lighter skin "blacks" during slavery.
      It totally rings true! That southern white slave owners really
      had no great attraction or less dislike for lighter skin "blacks".
      Actually they must have felt even more
      distrust of light skin "blacks" than dark.
      Sadly it was the plantation, I'm sure, that spawn the seeds of
      Black versus light skin discrimination between "blacks" themselves.
      Which to this very day most dark skin Blacks still
      believe that lighter skin "blacks" think their
      somehow better than all dark skin Blacks.
      Racism didn't just happen, it was created and taught
      over generations and encouraged even in the name of God.
      Hopefully in time these myths will fade back into the
      fears that created them, and all colors can celebrate
      their differences with out negative interpretation or
      discrimination too elevate one while demeaning another.
      The Light complexioned house [slave hierarchy]
      still stands only in mind -- but not in reality.
      A Dark complexioned field slave hierarchy could exist anywhere, if the
      false reality that created it is allowed to justify its racist intent.
      In other words skin color is in no way a symbol
      of status or privilege. It's simply different
      degrees of pigmentation nothing more nothing less.

      -- Pierre


      From:
      multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...>
      To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:00 PM
      Subject: [Generation-Mixed] [RE-POST] The MYTH of a Color-Based / Slave-Role HIERARCHY
       


      HISTORICAL TRUTH replaces the MYTH of the 

      existence of a Light-Complexioned 'House' and 
      a Dark-Complexioned 'Field' SLAVE-H
      IERARCHY


                     

      Seeing that so often, during the discussion of topics 
      such as the 'racial history' of the United States, much 
      mention is made of the `historically-inaccurate concept' 
      of the "light-complexioned`house' slave" and of the 
      "dark-complexioned `field' slave" -- it should also be 
      noted that this FALSE CONCEPT that far too many 
      people mistakenly have -- that the who were of a 
      lighter-complexioned and that were being held within 
      the captivity of the chattel-slavery 'system' EITHER:
      A) "had it easier" or "thought they were better"
      than the darker-complexioned slaves AND/OR
      B) largely "relaxed in the big house" while the 
      darker-complexioned enslaved people were 
      the sole ones to have "suffered in the fields" 
      .... IS (in much the same vein as that of the 
      infamous and discredited `Willie Lynch Letter 
      / Speech' Hoax
      ) VERY MUCH AN URBAN MYTH 
      (and, is one which, in nearly every way 
      that is at all 
      possible, completely defies 
      the true historical recorded account).

      The historical record shows that the large number of 
      enslaved people who were of a lighter-complexion 
      (i.e. multiracial-lineage) and that were found on the 
      continental United States during the antebellum
      (chattel-slavery) era of the nation were generally
      treated MUCH WORSE than were those enslaved
      individuals who were of a darker-complexion.

      In fact, the record reveals that most of the White people 
      who were in power (especially the White women) tended 
      to look upon the lighter-complexioned enslaved people as 
      being mere `mongrels of miscegenation' (resulting largely 
      from the rapes committed by the plantation `Overseers'); 
      in their disgust at the sight of these slaves —  insisted 
      that they be "banished to the fields"; and also then 
      purposefully reserved most of the positions found in 
      the `big house' (ex. mammy, cook, driver, etc.) for the
      enslaved people who were of a darker complexion
      — who most of the White people had perceived as 
      being "more loyal, more docile, less competitive, etc.",
      and, even more importantly, they also had a skin tone 
      which could never cause them to be seen as being
      any part-'white' (and even worse, perceived as
      "possibly" also being "a member of the family"
      as it were– of a given plantation`Owner').

      And this maltreatment was generally even much
      more so the case if the lighter-complexioned
      enslaved person was even remotely 'suspected' 
      (by, say, a wife, sister or daughter — who ran "the big
      house", while a `male' family member ran "the plantation")
      of possibly being the offspring of a given plantation
      `Owner' (or his son, or father, or brother, or any other
      male found in the plantation `Owners' White family).



      Photo of one of the enslaved Mulatto / Multiracial people who worked in the fields of a Plantation 

      In addition, the few lighter-complexioned enslaved
      people that were actually permitted to do any work
      in the "big house" were (as a punishment for having
      the lowly status of "mongrel" and in order to make sure
      that they did not become "too uppity") kept under a
      much more severe work supervision (by both the
      White women who ran the plantation household and
      also by the darker-complexioned enslaved people
      who had been placed over the lighter-complexioned
      enslaved people and given various "rewards" in an
      exchange for the promise to `keep an eye on' them)
      than were most of the (more trusted and seemingly
      endeared) darker-complexioned enslaved people.
        


      Books by Deborah Gray White; Paula Giddings; bell
      hooks; J. California Cooper; William Wells Brown;
      etc. expose the truth about the urban-myth and
      show that the lighter-complexioned enslaved
      people received NO special treatment and were,
      instead (due to being seen as mere "mongrels of
      miscegenation") usually treated much worse than
      were most darker-complexioned enslaved people.

        |  
      Photos of groups of enslaved Mulatto/Multiracial people who worked in the fields of a plantation or in certain 
      (very rare) roles in the 'big house' under strict watch of enslaved Black people and wives of plantation owners
       



      The hatred, fear and mistrust that many of the antebellum
      and post-antebellum era White southerners felt toward the
      people who were both of a light-complexion (mulatto / multiracial 
      lineage) and were also chattel-slaves, is very strongly presented
      in the `D.W. Griffith' racist film `Birth of a Nation'– where
      pretty much all the trouble, tragedy and dangers found
      experienced by White southern families in the film is
      falsely presented as being caused by "uppity" Mulattoes
      who `needed to be taught "their place" among White people'.
      (i.e. the idea is presented that -- in order to have 'the good 
      'ole days' return -- the mulatto / multiracial formerly enslaved 
      people "needed" to be beaten, raped, lynched, etc. 
      by the "proud" White people who, it was assumed, 
      had been reared to make it clear that they felt 
      "no connection" to any non-White person).
      (see`best answer')
      (see`best answer')

    • Connie Ware-Berg
      I feel sad that there unfortunately still situations like this in the world. I was raised to like a person for the person or dis-like a person for the person.
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 15, 2011
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        I feel sad that there unfortunately still situations like this in the world. I was raised to like a person for the person or dis-like a person for the person. Unforutnately the color of ones skin can be of many people in the world and I feel the skin color should not be judged for what a person may be or may not be. We have many nationalities in the world and I feel one is no better or worse than another because of the skin tone color. I feel people should look at themselves first. History shows that there unfortunatley were many and all nationalities that were slaves. It makes me sad.


        From:
        pierre jefferson <pierrejefferson2007@...>I
        To: "Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com" <Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:40 AM
        Subject: Re: [Generation-Mixed] [RE-POST] The MYTH of a Color-Based / Slave-Role HIERARCHY
         

        Thank you for posting this in depth look into the
        darker versus lighter skin "blacks" during slavery.
        It totally rings true! That southern white slave owners really
        had no great attraction or less dislike for lighter skin "blacks".
        Actually they must have felt even more
        distrust of light skin "blacks" than dark.
        Sadly it was the plantation, I'm sure, that spawn the seeds of
        Black versus light skin discrimination between "blacks" themselves.
        Which to this very day most dark skin Blacks still
        believe that lighter skin "blacks" think their
        somehow better than all dark skin Blacks.
        Racism didn't just happen, it was created and taught
        over generations and encouraged even in the name of God.
        Hopefully in time these myths will fade back into the
        fears that created them, and all colors can celebrate
        their differences with out negative interpretation or
        discrimination too elevate one while demeaning another.
        The Light complexioned house [slave hierarchy]
        still stands only in mind -- but not in reality.
        A Dark complexioned field slave hierarchy could exist anywhere, if the
        false reality that created it is allowed to justify its racist intent.
        In other words skin color is in no way a symbol
        of status or privilege. It's simply different
        degrees of pigmentation nothing more nothing less.

        -- Pierre


        From:
        multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...>
        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:00 PM
        Subject: [Generation-Mixed] [RE-POST] The MYTH of a Color-Based / Slave-Role HIERARCHY
         


        HISTORICAL TRUTH replaces the MYTH of the 

        existence of a Light-Complexioned 'House' and 
        a Dark-Complexioned 'Field' SLAVE-H
        IERARCHY

                       

        Seeing that so often, during the discussion of topics 
        such as the 'racial history' of the United States, much 
        mention is made of the `historically-inaccurate concept' 
        of the "light-complexioned`house' slave" and of the 
        "dark-complexioned `field' slave" -- it should also be 
        noted that this FALSE CONCEPT that far too many 
        people mistakenly have -- that the who were of a 
        lighter-complexioned and that were being held within 
        the captivity of the chattel-slavery 'system' EITHER:
        A) "had it easier" or "thought they were better"
        than the darker-complexioned slaves AND/OR
        B) largely "relaxed in the big house" while the 
        darker-complexioned enslaved people were 
        the sole ones to have "suffered in the fields" 
        .... IS (in much the same vein as that of the 
        infamous and discredited `Willie Lynch Letter 
        / Speech' Hoax
        ) VERY MUCH AN URBAN MYTH 
        (and, is one which, in nearly every way 
        that is at all 
        possible, completely defies 
        the true historical recorded account).

        The historical record shows that the large number of 
        enslaved people who were of a lighter-complexion 
        (i.e. multiracial-lineage) and that were found on the 
        continental United States during the antebellum
        (chattel-slavery) era of the nation were generally
        treated MUCH WORSE than were those enslaved
        individuals who were of a darker-complexion.

        In fact, the record reveals that most of the White people 
        who were in power (especially the White women) tended 
        to look upon the lighter-complexioned enslaved people as 
        being mere `mongrels of miscegenation' (resulting largely 
        from the rapes committed by the plantation `Overseers'); 
        in their disgust at the sight of these slaves —  insisted 
        that they be "banished to the fields"; and also then 
        purposefully reserved most of the positions found in 
        the `big house' (ex. mammy, cook, driver, etc.) for the
        enslaved people who were of a darker complexion
        — who most of the White people had perceived as 
        being "more loyal, more docile, less competitive, etc.",
        and, even more importantly, they also had a skin tone 
        which could never cause them to be seen as being
        any part-'white' (and even worse, perceived as
        "possibly" also being "a member of the family"
        as it were– of a given plantation`Owner').

        And this maltreatment was generally even much
        more so the case if the lighter-complexioned
        enslaved person was even remotely 'suspected' 
        (by, say, a wife, sister or daughter — who ran "the big
        house", while a `male' family member ran "the plantation")
        of possibly being the offspring of a given plantation
        `Owner' (or his son, or father, or brother, or any other
        male found in the plantation `Owners' White family).



        Photo of one of the enslaved Mulatto / Multiracial people who worked in the fields of a Plantation 

        In addition, the few lighter-complexioned enslaved
        people that were actually permitted to do any work
        in the "big house" were (as a punishment for having
        the lowly status of "mongrel" and in order to make sure
        that they did not become "too uppity") kept under a
        much more severe work supervision (by both the
        White women who ran the plantation household and
        also by the darker-complexioned enslaved people
        who had been placed over the lighter-complexioned
        enslaved people and given various "rewards" in an
        exchange for the promise to `keep an eye on' them)
        than were most of the (more trusted and seemingly
        endeared) darker-complexioned enslaved people.
          


        Books by Deborah Gray White; Paula Giddings; bell
        hooks; J. California Cooper; William Wells Brown;
        etc. expose the truth about the urban-myth and
        show that the lighter-complexioned enslaved
        people received NO special treatment and were,
        instead (due to being seen as mere "mongrels of
        miscegenation") usually treated much worse than
        were most darker-complexioned enslaved people.

          |  
        Photos of groups of enslaved Mulatto/Multiracial people who worked in the fields of a plantation or in certain 
        (very rare) roles in the 'big house' under strict watch of enslaved Black people and wives of plantation owners
         



        The hatred, fear and mistrust that many of the antebellum
        and post-antebellum era White southerners felt toward the
        people who were both of a light-complexion (mulatto / multiracial 
        lineage) and were also chattel-slaves, is very strongly presented
        in the `D.W. Griffith' racist film `Birth of a Nation'– where
        pretty much all the trouble, tragedy and dangers found
        experienced by White southern families in the film is
        falsely presented as being caused by "uppity" Mulattoes
        who `needed to be taught "their place" among White people'.
        (i.e. the idea is presented that -- in order to have 'the good 
        'ole days' return -- the mulatto / multiracial formerly enslaved 
        people "needed" to be beaten, raped, lynched, etc. 
        by the "proud" White people who, it was assumed, 
        had been reared to make it clear that they felt 
        "no connection" to any non-White person).
        http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag4UceOKYaro21HdnN8w.mgjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20071103085813AAolWV5
        (see`best answer')
        http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtORF66bLNbNEjhIPDWC_6MjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20071031122504AArGj8B
        (see`best answer')
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWIRLinc/message/17634
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWIRLinc/message/17622

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