Black people would like the world to believe that they truly are a universal brotherhood representing peace, tolerance and hope.
A Black man was just elected President of the United States running largely as the candidate who promoted change and tolerance. Black people voted overwhelming for him – 96 percent of Black voters nationwide voted for Barack Hussein Obama – giving the impression that Black people have a monolithic view on everything. However, this view is wrong when looking at the history of Black people, from Haiti to Black on Black crime in America.
Worse though for Black people, is the Brown Paper Bag Test. Black people do not like to talk about this sordid historical reminder that Black people can be prejudicial, because it is a well known fact that only White people can be racist and bigoted.
The Brown Paper Bag Test is said to have originated in slave days, and the impetus behind it was that light skinned Black people were more favorable than dark skinned Black people:
“According to an article written by Audrey Elisa Kerr, an associate English professor at Southern Connecticut State University, light-skinned slaves-particularly women-were considered “gentler, kinder, more handsome, smarter, and more delicate” than darker-skinned slaves.”
Black people not only encountered racism from White people in the 19th century and 20th century, but from light-skinned Black People as well. The article continues:
“Washington, D.C., once played a large role in the dark-skin/light-skin game. Because slavery did not have such an economic impact in the District, many free blacks preferred to reside in the area. In the mid-19th century, barbershops began accommodating only light-skinned black men.
Not only was race a factor, but skin tone became one. Churches, schools and various organizations utilized the paper bag test for social verification. There were also multitudes of brown bag parties, clubs, and social circles.”
Bill Maxwell, a columnist for the St. Petersburg Times decries the problem of the Brown Paper Bag Test as ‘colorism’, writing:
“Elite blacks of the early 20th century were fair-skinned almost to the person. Even today, most blacks in high positions have fair skin tones, and most blacks who do menial jobs or are in prison are dark. Believe it or not, popular black magazines, such as Ebony as Essence, prefer light-skinned models in their beauty product ads.”
Black people are rightly appalled by this historical blip in their clean record of racial bias or hatred, but the record clearly indicated that Black people discriminate against each other, based on the lighter skin pigmentation of some Blacks compared to the higher level of melanin in others.
Henry Louis Gates, a Black professor, tells a story of the Brown Paper Bag Test:
“Some of the brothers who came from New Orleans held a “bag party.’ As a classmate explained it to me, a bag party was a New Orleans custom wherein a brown paper bag was stuck on the door. Anyone darker than the bag was denied entrance
The Brown Paper Bag Test is included in Stuff Black People Don’t Like for reasons that should now be fairly obvious: Black people are immune from the charge of racism or holding negative view of other races. The Brown Paper Bag Test would prove otherwise.