Local2Global Advocates for Food Sovereignty

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The "social construct" of "white supremacy," liberation, and food sovereignty

The "social construct" of "white supremacy," liberation,  and food sovereignty

Deconstructing the "social construct" of race and "white supremacy" is a prerequisite for food sovereignty for all people of all the beautiful colors and looks we are! In order to build unity and our power, to be  truly liberated, we must understand how institutions manipulate us to oppress us to continue their hegemony and that we are all beautiful just the way we are. The music industry is a key power tool in our oppression that directly and indierectly impacts food sovereignty. Directly by using music to target us all, but especially Black youth with deadly food products. Indirectly, by disempowering women who then use all our energy and resources to chase after ever elusive beauty and power outside of ourselves.


"Only two short decades ago, black women graced both the charts and videos that provided the imagery for the country's biggest rap, hip-hop and R&B groups. Performers like SWV, En Vogue, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Zhane', and Adina Howard lit up airwaves, magazines, and television stations. Their visages represented the diverse colors of black beauty. In the early twenty-first century, however, that sundry black beauty has given way to a new crop of racially ambiguous performers representing the rise of the Pseudo-White Barbie. The Pseudo-White Barbie look is now ubiquitous in popular music and the entertainment industry. Its symptoms range from the explosion of blonde hair on black performers to the increasingly bizarre racial engineering that characterizes artists like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Lil' Kim. "Black is Beautiful" is long gone, at least in the media and in the entertainment industry; instead, we are witnessing a transformation that, I argue, is already leading to the blotting out of black women in the popular imagination. There is nothing racially neutral about the evolution of Barbie. Before we address the creation of the Pseudo-White Barbie, we must understand the roots of the Barbie phenomenon and the symbolic importance of blondeness as the symbol of white supremacy in the world of female beauty.
Racially Engineering the Pseudo-White Barbie I The Hampton Institute

May my words increase love, understanding and compassion. May they be as beautiful  as our children.

Maria Whittaker, Program Director
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Racially Engineering the Pseudo-White Barbie I The Ham...
The destructive legacy of Barbie and the white supremacist beauty standard is now abetted by racial engineering, be it through physical

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