By David Maillu
Published July 9, 2017
The Blackman forms about one-fifth of the total population of the world. In other words, the Blackman is a minority human species. The black skin and woollen hair are the features that determine the destiny of the Blackman from the rest of the population.
By natural law of selection the minority gets a raw deal from the majority.
Slave trade and inhumanity is not new to the human being anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, the Blackman has been subjected to the biggest slavery and inhumanity in the world. In this century, talk about the racism practised in the United States of America by the white community against the black community in which you hear heartbreaking claims that when a black America and a white American faces the same sentence, the black American is given a harsher sentence than the white American and out of every five criminals arrested three are black people whereas the black population is merely a small fraction of the national population. White Americans have lived with black people for over two hundred years; what is going on the mind of the white people to accept that awfully biased judgment? What wrong did black Americans do to white Americans other than serving the whites as slaves in the building of the American economy?
The reason is that the Blackman doesn’t look right in the Whiteman’s eye and that justifies the Whiteman’s negative stand against the Blackman. That may sound like a bad hypothesis or stereotype but a look into the language of the Whiteman that carries the register of where the Blackman is placed.
In the Whiteman’s world when you hear the statement, “He or she is a black sheep,” that means a person who is good for nothing; distasteful, disgraceful, or outcast. Being black, therefore, symbolizes badness. White artists paint Satan as an ugly black creature in a world where black people are seen as being closer to sin and white people being distant from sin. If you hear, “He does black things,” that means he goes about doing sinful things. To the Whiteman, the colour of sin to black.
The English Learners Dictionary gives a brilliant illustration of phrases regarding how much black symbolises badness that is deeply engrained in Whiteman’s psyche. They are:
- Not so black as painted
- Look black at someone
- Be in someone’s black book
- Black despair
- Black deeds
- Black tidings
- Black mood.
- Black in the face
- Black guard (person who is quite without honour) scoundrel).
- Black magic (witchcraft).
- Black-leg (person who offers to work when the regular workers are on strike).
- Black comedy (comedy with a tragic element).
- Black head (pimple on the skin)
- Blackout (lose one’s memory)
- Black spot (where accidents happen)