He seemed too smart to come on CNN saying something like that. That's what made me a little suspicious. Coming from a family with a dark-skinned brother myself a year older than me, it didn't settle with me at all. I, the light-skinned brother as they called me, was the one that came closest to going to jail when I temporarily got mixed up with the wrong people, however I have no arrest other then failure to appear in court for an open alcoholic container in my car. The reason I missed the court date was the result of an error by the court system, which they admitted.<quoted text>
other than sounding too much like a preacher all the time, i think dyson is pretty cool. but i'm not sure bout the light skin privilege, at least for aam. this maybe the case for aaw, cuz it would seem whites only like light skin bw. i really don't see this when it comes to bm, though.
I had a lot of buddies in my younger days, but I only keep in touch with a few. Randomly speaking I'd say one fourth were dark-skinned, one-fourth were brown-skinned, one fourth were reddish-brown-caramel-skinned like myself, and one fourth were light-skinned, including one that is biracial with a white father he never met. I tell you our skin tone had minimal effect when it came to white oppression. With the girls, it was hit or miss, but it all evened out one way or another with them.
One thing we never, never talked about was the light-skinned/dark-skinned thing. We already knew white oppression was the real problem. Let me lay it out like not too many brother will do. This is how all my buddies I hung out with after high school turned out, going from my darkest-skinned buddies to my lightest-skinned buddies.
Dark-skinned buddies: 1 graduated from law school and work; 1 got his masters and work; 1 graduated and did a year in grad school and work; 2 had good jobs out of highscool but sold or used drugs and got felons, and work when they can.
Brown-skinned buddies: 2 served the military and work; 1 went military, got dishonorable discharge, turn drug addict, no idea where he is today; 1 worked a low paying job and got strung-out on drugs, got hurt on the job, now collects disability, and goes to church and lip sing in the choir.
Reddish-brown-caramel-skinned buddies: 1 sold drugs, committed murder in self-defense, did plea bargain because victim was a wanted fugitive, got his own construction contract, today don't really know where he is; 1 turned to armed robbery got a felon, hung himself while being arrested not long out of jail, possibly murdered.
Light-skinned buddies: 1 (my very best friend) served the military for 14 years, got a good IT job with the Pentagon, but was tragically killed there on 911, just a year from receiving his Bachelors from U of MD; 1 went to military got seriously wounded and almost died of a brain injury in boot camp, got disability, learn on- the-job carpentry skills, almost beaten uncouscious by the cops, stayed on drugs and lost his disability, now bearly making ends meet; 1 (the biracial one) a Christain, got two BS degrees, had a high paying IT job, but lost it because of government credit card misuse, working temporary jobs; 1 Vietnam Vet and retired.
With all said Dyson makes even less sense. However I do give Dyson credit when he debated with Dr. Boyce Watkins on youths going to college. During the debate they talked about being black and graduating from a prestigious white college, something I did. Then he blurted out, "When we going to deal with the backlash from society when we do succeed in these white colleges". After receiving similar backlash, that struck me at home. Towards the end of the debate when they got back on the subject of black youths not going to college, they bought up the lack of jobs out there, including the lack of jobs for white college graduates, on top of the other backlash. Then he blurted out, "Ain't nobody stupid". I felt he hit a homerun with that one to.