It’s important that we, Africans, be mindful of how we define ourselves. It doesn’t make sense that we define ourselves as being “black” people. Indians are no longer “brown” people. Chinese won’t respond to being called “yellow”. Identity is always geographical and ties the people to their native environment. We are using the language of the oppressor therefore anything that comes from him can’t be trusted and must be analyzed. If you visit the website dictionary.com and look for the definition of the word “black”, you’ll find out that it’s synonyms are: distressing, threatening, depressing, foreboding, lugubrious, oppressive, diabolical… Just to name a few. The list goes on if you click on “more synonyms”. You’ll find words like: hopeless, horrible, atrocious, filthy, nasty, evil… Well you get the point. Is that how we want to define ourselves?
To quote Frantz Fanon: “Speaking French means that one accepts, or is coerced into accepting, the collective consciousness of the French, which identifies blackness with evil and sin. In an attempt to escape the association of blackness with evil, the African man dons a white mask, or thinks of himself as a universal subject equally participating in a society that advocates an equality supposedly abstracted from personal appearance. Cultural values are internalized, or “epidermalized” into consciousness, creating a fundamental disjuncture between the African man’s consciousness and his body. Under these conditions, the African man is necessarily alienated from himself”
On the other hand, the word “white” is associated with expressions or words such as: morally pure, innocent, good, without malice, decent, honorable… and all that bullshit. If we take a look at history, the term “black” should be applied to people whose heritage is European.