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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yatta View Post
    My answer, based on personal experiences, would be yes. Below are two responses from blog that printed a commentary by an African American who felt that he was disrespected in an Ethiopian bar.


    Hot Blog: Are Ethiopians Racist? at Tadias Magazine

    # Dereje Mokonzi Sep 17th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I’m speaking from personal experience. I had the privilege to extensively travel and live in many parts of Africa.

    Hypocrites we are - Ethiopians. Yes we are! We are racists. We are racist towards Africans (especially the dark ones – don’t matter where they come from). We are racist towards all and all. Unless a person is from where we come from – we discriminate. Period!

    Stop pretending to be who you are not. Say it as it is and work to change to be a better person…


    # 226 materman Oct 8th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I am born and am living in ethiopia but for one second i have never considered myself as an ethiopian. This is because i have a dark skin (oftern referred to in ethiopia as bariya - meaning slave). People in ethiopia have an extreme aversion against dark skinned people. It is not that they resort to physical assualt but rather that they consider them as devils. When i entered the orthodox christian church mnay people feel extremely uncomfortable at the site of a dark skinned man praying by the side of them and because of this i stopped going to the church and i pray at home. An ethiopian girl that dares dating a black ethiopian is considered one of the following: either she must be crazy, or she is a prostitute, or she is rejected by all non-dark skinned in ethiopian and have no where to go, or she is blatant money lover willing to risk social rejection. A dark skinned ethiopian is socially ostracized. For example if his is sucessful in academics people often gossip that he is stealing exams or he is simply cramming things. if a dark skinned ethiopian becomes a manager of an organisation, nearly every employee will start demonising him saying he has a devil character, that he is bad, he is incapable and so on. This cultural system is a way of putting away dark skinned ethiopians from having any kind of socialisation or sucess in the society. This system is not overt but it is firmly entrenched and sort of national chaacter. If a dark skinned ethiopian goes to acourt there is every chance that he will be judged against. Although the ethiopian constitution states equality of all races or skin colours this is rarely practiced in actual life. The same is true if a dark skinne dperson falls in the hands of a police because of some incident, there is chance that he might be grossly mistreated. The best for such people is to leave that country and setle somewhere else. Asa dark skinned ethiopian i have never for one day felt ethiopian and i always thank god so far i have not been physically assaulted i always pray to god this wil not happen to me. However, i have been subjected to other psychological harrasment. However, it helped me a lot in being strong in completely rejecting being an ethiopian.
    This is just TOTAL PROPAGANDA BS.

    I KNOW ETHIOPIANS...I have DATED SEVERAL.... and I am CONFIDENTLY SAYING that these REMARKS are BS.

    Even in our WEST INDIAN COMMUNITY we have our own VICES, so the ETHIOPIANS are no DIFFERENT.

    So this is MUCH ADO about NOTHING.

    Anyhow, I have a STRONG FEELING this was WRITTEN by a WHITEY or an ARAB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriniDivaWoman View Post
    What?? Please explain this to me...ah not understanding..!!!!


    u do realize who made that comment? why waste ur time?

    LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedetriniking View Post
    Yep, human beings are such a dissappointment. I used to lambaste people for loving dogs and cats like family but now I can certainly understand why some people value pets more than people.
    yup...animals love u unconditionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    BIATCH, SHUT yuh COLORISM DUMBASS UP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. QT CuTe View Post
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    A BIT to HARSH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    A BIT to HARSH?
    ummm, kinda.

    i not accustomed to you making comments like dat dais all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriniDivaWoman View Post
    What?? Please explain this to me...ah not understanding..!!!!
    What aspect would you like me to explain? Please let me know if I'm going in right direction here...

    There are some Africans who prefer not to use the term "black" to describe themselves. Are they Ethiopian, Nigerian, Congolese etc and their respective ethnic groups within? Yes, of course. But black is a Western term with a tumultuous history. Our ancestors were not black until Europeans attempted to beat their ethnic groups and cultures out of them as much as possible, and labeled them all by color. Just think about the many ethnic groups within each African nation alone. Do you think that before Europeans came, any of them were walking around calling each other "black?" No, they were Yoruba, Ibo, Fon, Ashanti, Mandinka, Fulani, Dogon etc. These people had their own cultures/kingdoms etc.

    It is only when Europeans wanted make us easier to label as slaves or people to oppress, that the term black was applied in a widespread manner to describe African peoples. Not to mention, European scientists had began classifying humans like the taxonomy system, putting themselves at the top and those who looked least like them in their opinion at the bottom. That's how they invented race, simply put. Race and racial terms where meant to promote a hierarchy in people. A combination of both instances above is how "black" gained acceptance among Europeans to classify African slaves and Africans on the continent.

    Ever wonder why the person of Chinese descent will be 10 generations out of China but still Chinese? Or an Asian in general will be generations out of Asia and still say they are Asian? But the African many generations out of Africa often will prefer to call themselves "black," not African. Some will be upset to hear anyone call them African. Granted the majority do not know their particular ethnic group of origin, but it is interesting that they prefer the term that Europeans used when they decided African ethnic groups were not important and need to be disregarded. Africans were then considered "black" alone - nothing more than a color. That was the easiest way to identify a slave. They spread the term all over.

    So for the Ethiopian, Nigerian and other African today, why should they have to call themselves black? It's very much Western and dismissive of their cultures. For some, it may be also that slavery and the loss of culture/ethnicity is shameful to them and they don't want to be associated. But either way, black isn't truly accurate to describe African peoples and our vast diversity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    A BIT to HARSH?

    VP boy, yuh wukk d gyal mudder, fadder, tanty, granny and uncle on she fadder side.

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    TDW, I recommend this book...

    Race in North America : Origin and Evolution of a Worldview by Audrey Smedley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinky eyes View Post
    VP boy, yuh wukk d gyal mudder, fadder, tanty, granny and uncle on she fadder side.


    NAH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post


    NAH!
    YEA!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dollbabi View Post
    What aspect would you like me to explain? Please let me know if I'm going in right direction here...

    There are some Africans who prefer not to use the term "black" to describe themselves. Are they Ethiopian, Nigerian, Congolese etc and their respective ethnic groups within? Yes, of course. But black is a Western term with a tumultuous history. Our ancestors were not black until Europeans attempted to beat their ethnic groups and cultures out of them as much as possible, and labeled them all by color. Just think about the many ethnic groups within each African nation alone. Do you think that before Europeans came, any of them were walking around calling each other "black?" No, they were Yoruba, Ibo, Fon, Ashanti, Mandinka, Fulani, Dogon etc. These people had their own cultures/kingdoms etc.

    It is only when Europeans wanted make us easier to label as slaves or people to oppress, that the term black was applied in a widespread manner to describe African peoples. Not to mention, European scientists had began classifying humans like the taxonomy system, putting themselves at the top and those who looked least like them in their opinion at the bottom. That's how they invented race, simply put. Race and racial terms where meant to promote a hierarchy in people. A combination of both instances above is how "black" gained acceptance among Europeans to classify African slaves and Africans on the continent.

    Ever wonder why the person of Chinese descent will be 10 generations out of China but still Chinese? Or an Asian in general will be generations out of Asia and still say they are Asian? But the African many generations out of Africa often will prefer to call themselves "black," not African. Some will be upset to hear anyone call them African. Granted the majority do not know their particular ethnic group of origin, but it is interesting that they prefer the term that Europeans used when they decided African ethnic groups were not important and need to be disregarded. Africans were then considered "black" alone - nothing more than a color. That was the easiest way to identify a slave. They spread the term all over.

    So for the Ethiopian, Nigerian and other African today, why should they have to call themselves black? It's very much Western and dismissive of their cultures. For some, it may be also that slavery and the loss of culture/ethnicity is shameful to them and they don't want to be associated. But either way, black isn't truly accurate to describe African peoples and our vast diversity.
    More UNINFORMED NONSENSE.

    The ANCIENT EGYPTIANS, before EUROPEANS EXISTED, called themselves BLACKS.

    Being AMHARA, OROMO, NUBIAN, YORUBA, IGBO, ASANTE, XHOSA, Fulani or Taureg doesn't DENOTE BLACK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. QT CuTe View Post
    YEA!!!



    MAYBE=COMPROMISE

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollbabi View Post
    What aspect would you like me to explain? Please let me know if I'm going in right direction here...

    There are some Africans who prefer not to use the term "black" to describe themselves. Are they Ethiopian, Nigerian, Congolese etc and their respective ethnic groups within? Yes, of course. But black is a Western term with a tumultuous history. Our ancestors were not black until Europeans attempted to beat their ethnic groups and cultures out of them as much as possible, and labeled them all by color. Just think about the many ethnic groups within each African nation alone. Do you think that before Europeans came, any of them were walking around calling each other "black?" No, they were Yoruba, Ibo, Fon, Ashanti, Mandinka, Fulani, Dogon etc. These people had their own cultures/kingdoms etc.

    It is only when Europeans wanted make us easier to label as slaves or people to oppress, that the term black was applied in a widespread manner to describe African peoples. Not to mention, European scientists had began classifying humans like the taxonomy system, putting themselves at the top and those who looked least like them in their opinion at the bottom. That's how they invented race, simply put. Race and racial terms where meant to promote a hierarchy in people. A combination of both instances above is how "black" gained acceptance among Europeans to classify African slaves and Africans on the continent.

    Ever wonder why the person of Chinese descent will be 10 generations out of China but still Chinese? Or an Asian in general will be generations out of Asia and still say they are Asian? But the African many generations out of Africa often will prefer to call themselves "black," not African. Some will be upset to hear anyone call them African. Granted the majority do not know their particular ethnic group of origin, but it is interesting that they prefer the term that Europeans used when they decided African ethnic groups were not important and need to be disregarded. Africans were then considered "black" alone - nothing more than a color. That was the easiest way to identify a slave. They spread the term all over.

    So for the Ethiopian, Nigerian and other African today, why should they have to call themselves black? It's very much Western and dismissive of their cultures. For some, it may be also that slavery and the loss of culture/ethnicity is shameful to them and they don't want to be associated. But either way, black isn't truly accurate to describe African peoples and our vast diversity.
    this is hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CARAMELSISTA View Post
    this is hilarious!

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