Party promoter cancels party after complaints from black woman

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Ulysses Barnes (DJ Lish), had to be on insane to think something like this would fly.  Barnes is 27 years old and should know better.  

This is a perfect example of cultural conditioning; Through culturally conditioning we have been taught to underestimate, undervalue and marginalize ourselves. 

Failed party promotion highlights color divide
Free club admission for black women with light skin tone sparks outrage

DJ Lish was on the Warren Ballentine Show and he apologized and said that he meant no harm.  He said that before all of the controversy, he had also planned a ‘caramel sister’ and a chocolate sister party as well.  If he understood how slave owners would separate us by skin complexion to cause dysfunction he would not have done what he did. 

some callers even defending him.  I was listening to the Joe Madison show this morning and one caller defending DJ Lish saying that this brother could have been robbing or killing someone and that this isn’t that bad. 

And there lies the problem, when you don’t understand your history; when you do not understand how skin complexion was used to separate and divide us, then you say and do ignorant things; once again cultural conditioning at its best.

This ties in to all of the stereotypes that the world has placed on black people.  Look at what Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. James Watson said about black people.  Look at how nooses are popping up all over the country and how main stream America responds to these acts of terrorism by passing it off as just a joke or not serious.  It is all about cultural conditioning; and sometimes black people buy into this conditioning and we marginalize ourselves.  I hope that this brother has learned his lesson.

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5 Responses

  1. What an idiot!

  2. “And there lies the problem, when you don’t understand your history; when you do not understand how skin complexion was used to separate and divide us, then you say and do ignorant things; once again cultural conditioning at its best.”

    I agree! And that’s why no one should have purchased those ignorant, complexion-based hit songs such as:

    D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar”
    Heavy D’s “Black Coffee”
    India Arie’s “Brown Skin”
    The Whispers “Chocolate Girl”

    or albums such as:

    Parliament-Funkadelic’s “Chocolate City”

    Better yet, how can these foolish negroes accept someone calling D.C. “Chocolate City”? If George Clinton had understood how slave owners would separate us by skin complexion to cause dysfunction he would not have labeled D.C. Chocolate City.

    Or is this whole message string just another example of the double standard that makes it OK to worship brown skin and blackness but cries foul when someone worships our beautiful “redbone” sisters?

  3. Afripino,

    Being born and raised in Washington DC, I’ve heard people refer to DC as Chocolate City all my life, and I never felt that chocolate referenced a particular complexion. I’ve always equated chocolate to ethnicity, and the cultural influence that African Americans have in the DC.

  4. Does “light skin” mean you are almost as good as a white woman? self hating negroes!

  5. Ok… as a black woman AND a detroiter… i must agree with the fact that the conception of this party was completely ignorant! I also will agree that there is a problem of colorism among african americans that needs to be addressed, and that IS a result of the historical idea that “white” or “almost white” is right, or that the lighter your complexion, the more beautiful you are.

    However, i must disagree with Afripino who obviously spoke out of ignorance and lack of understanding when talking about certain songs and DC. India Arie’s song is CLEARLY in no way making reference to ANY ideas that darker complexion is better thatn light. If you find anything contrary in the lyrics please notify me because i’ve heard the song millions of times and have never caught that. Also, there is a huge difference between her promoting self-love and this DJ promoting supremacy and favor based on ones complexion. Light skinned women get in free while the dark skinned ones have to pay? This clearly gives the distinction that he was placing more value and beauty on one hue more than the other….

    Now, on to your Chocolate City reference. I went to school in DC for 4 years (at the illustrious BLACK college Howard University…by the way black doesnt mean that it only lets in african americans… nor does it mean that it only lets in people with darker complexions in case you were confused) and i NEVER made the mistake of thinking that this was talking about complexion. Its about the FACT that the city is inhabited by african americans…. no matter what their complexion.

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