Recent Reviews for Kuir ë Garang
Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful? The identity of the African Person (Article) - 4/22/2013 9:06:14 AM|
Thank you Ronald for your thoughtful views.
I recently published a book with the same title: Is' Black' Really Beautiful? In the book I tried to separate people from the color that has been used to describe them. I've applied this line of thought to both Africans and Europeans. For example, whiteness is a 'description' of the Europeans not the essence of who they are; and 'blackness' isn't Africanness. It's a description of the Africans; a description from without.
I understand that when people say 'Black is Beautiful'they mean to say 'I am beautiful' or 'Africans are Beautiful' or 'African-Americans are beautiful.'
What unnerves me is when people of African descent and Africans go to the extent of owning 'blackness'; seeing who they are and the color itself as one and the same. When they say 'black is beautiful' they not only say 'we are beautiful' they are also saying the color black is beautiful. So when someone says that a 'black cat' is a sign of bad luck, Africans and people of African descent feel offended. But why? The blackness of the cat and their blackness aren't the same. One is literal and one is metaphorical or symbolic. Their anger stems from the fact that they've completely owned blackness and they become defensive of the 'color' itself. Owning blackness comes with the risk of owning all the bad baggage that comes with it.
I've argued in the book that 'blackness' is only a description and it's not who they are.Instead of glorifying blackness; which isn't all the time beautiful,and which wasn't intended to glorify them, they should glorify who they are. How about Jamaicans are beautiful? Haitians are beautiful? African-Americans are beautiful? Ghanians are beautiful?
It's okay to describe people color-wise, as long as one considers their humanity and values when describing them; however, it's a perilous disservice to reduce the HUMANITY of the people to a mere color; a color that's isn't actually representative or glorifying.
Cheers and have a good weekend.
Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful? The identity of the African Person (Article) - 4/21/2013 6:27:47 AM
A very well thought out and constructive article. After working with the Afro American community in higher education over thirty years, there seems to be discrimination and great concern about the color of one's skin that is not prevalent in those of us of European descent who look more at ethnic origin for our discrimination.
The guy in the black hat somehow is mean or evil, and the guy in the white hat is the hero. Black cats are feared because they may cause us bad luck. All sorts of connotations of badness surrounds the people of the African continent, the dark continent.
It's all a matter of trying to gain self-esteem. To say, “Black is beautiful,” is really no different from Christina Aguilara singing, “You are beautiful, no matter what they say.” In my experience, people from the African continent that I have met have the highest self-esteem. Those here in the United States with a very mixed heritage, still have the stigma of slavery hanging over them and for some reason, often lack the self-esteem they need to move forward.
Just a few thoughts on your well-written article.
Discretion in multicultural societies (Article) - 12/8/2010 8:00:18 AM
I have the freedom to swing my arm, as long as it does not harm someone. I understand what you are saying here and agree. It is a principle taught by God in His Word, in 1 Corinthians 8:9-13.
Very well written article!
Discretion in multicultural societies (Article) - 7/28/2010 11:29:48 AM
People should be free to speak as long as they are true to their words. Thanks Hollingshead and Trask...
Discretion in multicultural societies (Article) - 7/27/2010 5:16:09 PM
Discretion in multicultural societies (Article) - 7/26/2010 7:13:17 PM
Best Consider Source...Really You Have Start Looking Outside Of (Your)Self!....My Momma Taught Me Always Tell It Like It Is!
I Give All People Benefit Of Doubt,i.e. Only Color I See Is (Blood) Red!
South Sudan Independence (Poetry) - 12/4/2012 6:53:25 AM
You are so right! Freedom is so simple, simply profound.
NATO (Poetry) - 10/20/2011 12:31:01 PM
Loved You'll Always Be (Poetry) - 10/8/2011 1:34:44 PM
Loved You'll Always Be (Poetry) - 10/7/2011 1:34:01 PM
Nothing like a little child to light up your life!
I'm Just A liar (Poetry) - 7/31/2011 8:41:26 AM
Thanks a lot Paul.
Amy Winehouse R.I.P (Poetry) - 7/31/2011 8:41:00 AM
Amy Winehouse R.I.P (Poetry) - 7/23/2011 4:51:42 PM
May Amy rest in peace.
I'm Just A liar (Poetry) - 6/12/2011 1:27:06 AM
Well written poem, Kuir
Real Woman, Southern Woman (Poetry) - 3/19/2011 6:26:40 AM
Nice description of a REAL woman. We should all learn from the Real Women of the world.
Sister, your best you is you (Poetry) - 11/16/2010 12:12:48 PM
Wonderful, inspiring advice!
Why I read (Poetry) - 11/16/2010 12:05:51 PM
Great work of art!
From the reading of just this poem, I can tell that you are a gifted,serious, writer.
The Cosmological Balls (Poetry) - 11/16/2010 5:09:45 AM
Space and Time, the little girl (Poetry) - 7/12/2010 10:51:17 AM
Exquisite subject matter and portrayal ~
Hiding (Poetry) - 6/25/2010 12:38:12 AM
I’ll wipe ‘em and Say your name loud (Poetry) - 6/15/2010 4:15:58 AM
Now this is real poetry, from the soul and it grasped my soul. Impressive work.
I’ll wipe ‘em and Say your name loud (Poetry) - 6/12/2010 7:26:04 PM
I like it, interesting reading.
I’ll wipe ‘em and Say your name loud (Poetry) - 6/12/2010 5:08:17 PM
i like....very heartfelt and right on commentary and vindication of those who believe God, at least in the narrowly judeo christian construction, has failed to provide materially and spiritually and certainly not for a path of ultimate and complete liberation for the oppressed people of this earth....keep up the good work
Sister, your best you is you (Poetry) - 4/20/2010 5:49:19 PM
Sister, your best you is you (Poetry) - 4/20/2010 2:38:33 PM
Death, my funny friend (Poetry) - 2/6/2010 12:30:17 PM
Very philosophical poem, and you pose soem interesting questions to the reader. Death is a funny friend, and our relationship with it grows and changes with us. I liked this very much.
Josephine never came back! (Poetry) - 11/24/2009 1:37:41 PM
Good poem.take care
Hypocrisy (Poetry) - 11/24/2009 1:36:18 PM
A sad reality which is true.A well written piece.take care
Hypocrisy (Poetry) - 11/21/2009 8:13:32 AM
So true. Wonderful write. And so sad.
The HindIsland (Poetry) - 9/20/2009 5:34:26 AM
Very interesting indeed..well done dear man..stay safe and well..Hugss
The HindIsland (Poetry) - 9/20/2009 12:10:05 AM
Very rooted down to earth poem, yet searching the sky.
The HindIsland (Poetry) - 9/19/2009 12:23:07 PM
DESTINED TO LIVE FOREVER ON THE ISLAND OF ONE'S FOREFATHER'S ONE LAMENTS THAT ONLY DEATH WILL SET THEM FREE TO EXPERIENCE 'DAWN'.
DONE WELL THANKS FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS.
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Josephine never came back! (Poetry) - 9/19/2009 12:13:38 PM
NICE WRITE. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS. JOYCE*HIS INSPIRATIONS