Happy Black History Month! No matter my thoughts on it (BHM), you can always rest assured I will reserve my February blogs for the purpose of speaking on some topic regarding race. More specifically what you people insist on calling “black”.
If you know me at all, you know I make my fair share of jokes (funny or not). A large number of these jokes will undoubtedly be involving race. Mine, yours, anyone’s. As you know, its a right bestowed upon me due to my skin color ( read: Why White People Can’t Say The ‘N-Word’ ) or watch:
See… another joke. And one thing I’ve been playing with for many years is the concept that society, for a VERY long time has routinely made BLACK a generally bad thing. All the way from The Bible times (whenever the hell THAT was really written) to now, blackness and darkness is typically used to depict something bad or evil and… YOU GUESSED IT, white is good!
Whiter Than Snow
In The Bible, cleanliness whether literal or spiritual was referenced as being washed; washed to a point that whatever is clean is white. Whiter than snow.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;”
Now, luckily in this example, the sin wasn’t black, it was red. However being right, and or clean was white.
Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
I had to look up what “hyssop” was by the way. It’s a plant. And in theology, the twigs were used to perform some sort of Jewish purification.
As if death isn’t bad enough… they had to go ahead and add “black” (because it’s bad of course) for good measure. Google will tell us that this was one of the most devastating pandemics in history, resulting in the deaths of between 75 – 200 million (they didn’t keep very good records back then obviously lol WHAT A RANGE!) people in Eurasia in 1347 to 1351 A.D.
So, this pandemic being made up of septicemic, pneumonic and bubonic plagues went by several names: Pestilence, Pest, Great Plague, simply Plague and also BLACK PLAGUE! Not enough to call this a pattern? I understand. Oh, one of the main carriers of this disease is whats known as the BLACK RAT! I mean… yes,the color of the rat is black. but its also known as a ship rat, roof rat and house rat! But yes, black rat stuck.
White lies are LIES… looked at as ones that are harmless. Any self-respecting adult knows that any lie can be harmful. But our society has made it so that even a LIE… when associated with white can be okay.
Here’s a nice one! Black Ball is a term used to describe a situation where someone is excluded or ostracized from something. Whether it be a game of soccer, or from the professional medical field. It’s not good.
“David was blackballed from Major League Soccer due to a sex scandal involving two college girls a midget and a ping-pong paddle.”
“It’s safe to say after submitting all these notes, the official paperwork, and stolen medical supplies, Emily will be blackballed from working in the medical field.”
Being blackballed is not a good thing. It’s a common phrase and I’m quite sure no one could’ve come up with a better expression. Black List is also a variation of this term.
First of all, doves are basically pigeons. A largely HATED bird. But hey, whatever. You’ll
see folks freeing caged white doves at weddings and other festive events to commemorate the occasion with something beautiful. And I know what they’re doing because of what its supposed to symbolize. But truth be told, the DOVE (a bird which comes in several colors) is known to represent peace. Their role is a spirit messenger, maternal symbol and liason impart of inner peace… reminding us to go about our lives calmly and with purpose. Doves mate for life, yadayadayada.
Now of course these are random ramblings by spiritual people with whom I don’t relate. But the point is the lore is about DOVES… not just white doves. But those are the ones you’ll see at these such occasions.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this phrase? Kidney’s? Japan? Good prices? Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is ILLEGAL. Otherwise known as underground economy or shadow economy, the Black Market is a series of transactions that has some aspect of illegality or is noncompliant with laws.
This type of thing is used normally to evade taxes/save money, avoid proper inspections or judicial oversight, or simply just to speed things up. Either way, it’s illegal and not a good thing.
Even though the American “sales holiday” was supposed to be like… a good thing for consumers, because we are supposed to be able to buy shit for cheap; Black Friday has become one of the main reasons America is becoming the laughing stock of the world. You’ve seen them memes.
Black Friday was believed to be created by the Retail Industry because there was a trend of people calling in from work the Friday after thanksgiving lying saying they were sick or whatever they need to do so they could relax, stay on vacation and or shop. I don’t look at Black Friday as a good thing. The only time I participate in Black Friday is to search it on YouTube for the fights. And yes… I do this every year. I think it’s America at it’s ugliest.
This one has always bothered me seeing as how black eyes aren’t really black at all. And if they ever do turn that shade, they were most likely a different color at first. A black eye occurs usually after a blunt contact of some sort with the eye is made. This is not a good thing lol. But instead of naming it blue-eye, or purple-eye, its a Black Eye.
Black ice is ice that developes on road surfaces. It’s transparent! It’s not frozen oil as some believe. Its just fucking ice! The explaination for the name is because since its transparent and I guess all roads are black (they’re not) then it just got dubbed black ice. Black ice is a bad thing. Forecasters will tell you to “beware of the black ice out this morning on the 405!”
Usually a remote or otherwise secluded area where… basically shady shit goes down. Black operations or black projects happen here in proper terminology. And all this blackness just stands for stuff that needs to remain hush-hush because it’s most likely not legal or disparaging to a certain group of powerful people… so the stealth environment is required. Why not name them stealth sites? Whatever. Thanks a lot, Military!
This expression is used to describe someone who stands out in a negative way from a group. Usually used in familial terms:
“No one in my family relates to me. So I was kind of an outcast in my own home. Being the black sheep of the family wasn’t always bad, when I needed my solitude I always had it because no one ever wanted to spend time with me.” (I just made this example up…. I think I need therapy”
Black sheep… not good.
Also the UGLY DUCKLING is kind of the same lane. When depicted in picture books, the ugly duckling was always black or some other darker color while the others were white. Look what they teach our kids… sad sad sad.
Here’s another one that I can’t take ANY credit for. This is the seed that planted itself into my brain to grow into this blog:
OK, so I’m sure I’ve made my point. I’m sure there are several other examples, but it’s really no secret this is a thing. And I don’t think I need to remind anyone that black is beautiful. So is white. And every other color. But I honestly do think there was a commonality in our society to associate black with thing that are not necessarily good and… you guessed it. White is associated with good things. To put it plainly. Undoubtedly after reading this you’ll catch yourself. I encourage you to try to find better ways to express these things. And stop with the “White lies” nonsense! SMH.
Scream at me,