Blue Veins and Kinky Hair: Naming and Color Consciousness in African America

Blue Veins and Kinky Hair: Naming and Color Consciousness in African America

Blue Veins and Kinky Hair: Naming and Color Consciousness in African America

Blue Veins and Kinky Hair: Naming and Color Consciousness in African America

Synopsis

The author explores how Africans in America internalized the negative images created of them by the European world, and how internalized racism has worked to fracture African American unity and thereby dilute inchoate efforts toward liberation. In the late 1960s, change began with the "Black Is Beautiful" slogan and new a consciousness, which went hand in hand with Black Power and pan-African movements. The author argues that for any people to succeed, they must first embrace their own identity, including physical characteristics.
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