Black men’s scramble for ‘yellow bones’

The storytellers of yore began to tell a story with “once upon a time”.

Once upon a time in 1619, 20 Africans were taken from Africa to the United States of America, when it was still administered by the British.

History and historians tell us that it was Christopher Columbus who discovered the USA back in 1492, but what the historians forget to tell us is that there were people who were inhabiting the land at the time of the supposed “discovery”.

Unfortunately, what happened in that country before it was known as “America” mirrors exactly what happened in
Africa.

At the Berlin conference of 1884/85, the masters at the table sealed Africa’s fate, driving the continent for colonisation.

Since the introduction of what is called money, people have been on a quest to accumulate as much of it as possible.

Before the introduction of money, people used what was known as the barter system, exchanging between themselves items they calculated to be equal in value.

With the introduction of money came all manner of avarice.

In the quest to get as much wealth as possible, certain people realised that the Almighty had endowed the African continent with massive wealth, both underground and above ground.

Upon realising this, late-night meetings were held where people strategised about how to get as much of Africa’s wealth as possible.

Unfortunately, when they strategised, the strategists made a commitment to dehumanise the inhabitants of the great African continent and in the process make them feel as inferior as they possibly could.

The result was a pervasive mental slavery which primarily sought to teach Africans that because of the colour of their skin, they are not human enough, therefore not the creation of the almighty God.

Somehow light-skinned Africans in those dark old days were made to believe by their slave masters, and/or made themselves believe, that they were better than those who were dark-skinned.

The effects of centuries-old mental slavery are still very much with us and what is most unfortunate is that successive generations have come to accept this misconception.

Another unfortunate thing about the effect of mental slavery in South Africa is that most of the victims of colourism are black women, especially those with rich dark skin.

These days African men chase after women they refer to as “yellow bones”.

Word on the street is that these are African women with light skin.

Comedian Celeste Ntuli was reported in a local daily newspaper to have said that black men were obsessed with yellow bones because black men perceive white as better and they feel inferior.

Maybe she is right, or maybe not; it all depends on which side of the fence you happen to sit on.

Most of these yellow bone chasers were, in their formative years, exposed to and imbibed the concept of “black consciousness” which sought to instil in Africans the conviction that the melanin content of their skin was a feature to be proud of.

Whether yellow bone chasers have forgotten that they were taught that “the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice” is known only by the pushers of this yellow bone notion.

Although dark-skinned women do not necessarily have to be offended by the advent of the yellow bone phenomenon, the fact that men chase after yellow bones has an effect on the economic and social prospects of dark-skinned women.

Where is the link between economics, social dynamics and mental slavery?

Anecdotal research reveals that most yellow bones get married, and they get married to well-heeled African men.

This automatically pushes them into the economic stratosphere because after – or even before – marriage, these women get access to cars, houses, exotic holidays and facial treatments.

But this should not worry women who happen to be dark-skinned.

Why?

Because in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s black women of a darker tone ruled the roost, were all the rage and men were chasing after them.

The cycle of life has given yellow bones their turn to rule the roost and it will end again.

Legodi is an MBA graduate from the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership, University of Limpopo

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