If you are a white male like me, you doubtlessly hate yourself every time you look in the mirror and see white hideousness staring back at you. Such self-loathing is only healthy and right after all given everything in our history over the centuries. Recently, I’ve found cause to hate myself even more and I wanted to unburden my burdens.
Here is the problem: the white man is not only a (male) person of color but a Person Of All Colors. What do I mean by this? Quite simply, the color white contains every single color in the rainbow. Blue, yellow, brown, pink, purple, red, orange…the white color contains every color. You can discover this for yourself by doing a simple science experiement and bending light through a prism like in the picture above.
In contrast, black is the only color that is not a color at all. Not a single one! You read this right, the white man has effectively ‘stolen’ EVERY SINGLE COLOR for himself and there was nothing left over. Just how racist is that? The world’s central banks would have to work overtime for centuries to be able to print enough cash for reparations.
To unburden my guilt, I have decided to empathise with People Of No Color (i.e. Those we currently and wrongly refer to as people of color) by blacking up and showing my allegiance. I used to think this would be incredibly racist but, in truth, showing my white face in public is far worse as it makes me complicit in hate crime. So, I thought…if my brothers cannot have color, why should I? It somehow feels odd rubbing shoe polish onto my face and yet it is also strangely liberating. Whilst I know my skin is an ugly white under the polish, I am making a stand by covering up my privilege. I can only hope that this unusual experiment works…I am headed out the door now to find some brothers and empathize with them.
Image: once thought terribly racist, blacking up could actually be showing empathy with POC