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Afrocentric love is, in addition to taking care of ourselves, a detoxification process from a Eurocentric standard that affects us all


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Note from BW of Brazil: The ideas and opinions expressed in today’s post are slowly beginning to catch on among Afro-Brazilians. If the analysis of the topic continues to catch on, it could represent a true paradigm shift in terms of black Brazilian identity, how they see relationships and possibility of the rise on a new black nationalism. There are certainly some readers out there who surely wonder why it is necessary to continue to follow the debate over the issue of interracial relationships, but such people should take note that the same issues that affect the black community in Brazil surely affect black communities in other countries around the world because we are all so deeply immersed in the ideology of white supremacy.

In Brazil, the overwhelming majority of black Brazilians subscribe to the belief that “we are all equal” and that “love has no color“, which in many ways, on a much deeper level, is simply a re-affirmation of a firm belief in liberal, Marxists ideals based on the impossibility of equality for all. As such, I don’t feel the need to waste time and energy sharing the widespread belief in such rhetoric even as sometimes in ends up seeping into the material. What I written for some time is that, as it appeared that only black women were addressing this issue, when the time came that black men wanted to chime in, the space would also be open for them. As it turns out, both sides are coming to some very intriguing conclusions. There are black women who are going deeper than the “our loneliness is all the fault of black men” that many coming from a feminist perspective would have us believe and taking a direct aim at the true culprit: racism, Eurocentric thought and white supremacy. 

On this topic, the past several years have brought some very thought-provoking analyses as the awakening process slowly spreads to more and more black Brazilians. Stephanie Ribeiro wondered if there was a certain fear of black couples in Brazil, which in some ways seemed to play out in the initial reaction to a recent commercial by a Brazilian cosmetics company featuring an all-black family, a rarity on Brazilian TV and in advertising. Léo Custódio wrote an entire piece on how Brazilian culture taught him to prefer white girls/womenCaio Cesar dos Santos and Cléo Goulart both expressed the idea that all black Brazilians are palmiteiros, meaning they have a preference for white people in relationships and the time has come to recognize it. Ana Cláudia Silva understood how living in a Eurocentric culture made her hate the very color of her own sexual organ while writer Mia recognized that the culture led her to liking white boys which led to her hyper-sexualized image and exploitation by white males. Felipe Matos, perhaps peeping the game, resolved to stop having relationships with whites, while Nina Raiza took it a step further seeing such unions as another weapon of white dominance over blacks. In the midstof it all, UN Women representative in Brazil and producer Kenia Dias summed up everything when she opined that, in this day and age, marriage between blacks is a political act. Indeed. A thought-provoking text, the author of today’s article even makes reference to that post. 

There are several other texts about this topic posted on this blog, so before anyone rolls their eyes about seeing this topic again, take a deeper look at what these writers are saying and why it is such an important topic. If you live outside of Brazil in a multi-racial society, believe me, some of these texts will be very relevant to understanding your own nation, be it its past, present day or future. 

Afrocentric love is, in addition to taking care of ourselves, detoxification

For some time now I’ve wanted to talk about what it’s like to have a relationship with a black woman and try to understand why many of us black men pass them by.

by Mauro Anderson Baracho

I don’t know if I can speak as well as they do on this subject, but I want to bring the vision of a black man, since most of the texts on this subject are written by black women.

Due to some posts and some things I write, some black men come looking for me, “Man, I saw what you posted and you’re right. I want to relate to black women now.” I try to explain that it’s not quite like that, and I will say the reason: days ago I posted a story entitled “Marriage among Blacks is a Political Act” and when I read this interview, a few months ago, the words of the actress Kenia Maria drew much attention.

The piece in question is what she says that having a relationship with a conscious black man is different. According to her it is different to relate to a black man who understands the body of this black woman and the texture of her hair and is not afraid to put his hand in that hair.

It made so much sense to me that I found myself thinking about the various times when I didn’t understand this leading me to not relate to a black woman.

The issue of hair is a key point. Many men have no idea what these women went through by straightening their hair to fit into a standard and what many go through in a transition. I’ve heard reports of girls who went days without leaving the house after starting the transition.

It’s unacceptable to many men, who disregard this whole process, that black women wear hair pieces or laces. Examples of men talking about this aren’t lacking. In the song “Diamante da Lama” by Nego do Borel. In the song he proudly states that the women he “gets with” now only have hair that flies. What about Chris Brown? In the song “Ayo” he sings a chorus that says: “All my bitches got real hair” as if they were not black people, didn’t have cabelo crespo (kinky/curly hair), as if their sisters and mothers had not gone through this process.

An interesting scene from the series Dear White People is the scene in which a couple (I can’t remember the name of the characters now) is having sex and the guy pulling her hair and pulls her out lace and she, in turn, is totally embarrassed. Have you ever thought that many women don’t tell this to their partners out of shame?

Where I’m going with this is that many black men are not ready to relate to black women, even those who want to. The explanation is simple: a lot of black men, socialized to pursue these standards, want to wake up next to a beautiful, blonde Barbie with hair that can be done just like that.

Once in college, a black female classmate who now wears natural hair told me that her ex-boyfriend, also black, insisted that she always wear straight hair and for that reason only now would she have gotten the courage to wear it natural. There is no key in which you would turn out to like and love everything in a black person, this is a detoxification process of all this Eurocentric standard that many of us have come to love in women.

I have, and still do, go through this process. Although I was never someone who only had relationships with white women, I needed to rethink a lot so as not to hurt the black woman who would come to be by my side. I advise black men to feel this like this, not to be ashamed or afraid to assume this, and to have the courage to rethink, so that in the future they will be better men for their black women.

And to those who can’t give up that thought, that continue to pursue the standards, after all, as my wise mother would say: “It helps a lot those who don’t get in the way.”

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6 comments on “Afrocentric love is, in addition to taking care of ourselves, a detoxification process from a Eurocentric standard that affects us all

  1. Jules
    August 4, 2018

    Very provocative piece. I absolutely love the author’s use of the word “detoxification”, every black person in every part of the globe requires this detoxification of Eurocentric standard. It reminds me of the black American woman who created a retreat in Costa Rica specifically for black women to get away and detox from white society. The awakening across the diaspora is so refreshing to see, it gives me hope that black people can reclaim their crowns and realign to their divine purity and bask in the glow of being the original blueprint for human life. I think a lot of this hate and ugliness tossed at us from all and sundry is simply hatred because we are the originals, and they are trying to erase us because in erasing us they will not have to face who they truly are. We are the reminder of their origins and if they can make us hate ourselves enough, perhaps we will self-destruct and wipe ourselves out, which marrying them and making children with them will eventually do. Where are the Moors today who left Africa and conquered Europe? The Moors intermarried with the Europeans until they no longer existed, the same thing is happening in Brazil and other places. If enough black people can marry to whites and mate with whites, after about three generations the blackness would be completely bred out. It’s a genius form of genocide, one without bullets and chemical weapons, it’s the war of the psyche that causes one to wipe out their history and self leading to a 100% white society. Notice as well how the wealthier blacks become the most sought after targets for mates, because their money will change hands to whites, and we know poverty is also a silent killer, poor people are often less healthy and die quicker than the rich; so if too much money is in the hands of black people then they will live longer and produce healthier offspring which will in turn mean a healthier, wealthier and harder people to wipe out.

    • gatasnegrasbrasileiras
      August 4, 2018

      This is very slow process in Brazil but it is moving forward. What I think is really needed is to see prominent and public figures to start coming to this same conclusion as they have so much influence. There are very few prominent and/or famous Afro-Brazilians married to other blacks.

  2. Becca
    August 4, 2018

    Darling, afrocentrism is so toxic as eurocentrism.
    Anyways historians of today are searching the truth, not lies.
    Afrocentrics and Eurocentrics, on the opposite, are preaching lies

    • gatasnegrasbrasileiras
      August 4, 2018

      Just a quick response. The article here is not speaking on the full understanding of Afrocentricity as an ideology and its interpretations among those who promote it. It is simply a realization that many black Brazilians are coming to, learning that white supremacy and Eurocentrism as a whole has damaged our identities to such a degree that many of us never even consider dating our own. And black people as a whole will NEVER rise with unity between black men and women.

    • Al
      August 8, 2018

      ‘Darling, afrocentrism is so toxic as eurocentrism.’

      Proof ???

      Stop the lies and nonsense.

  3. charles merriweather
    August 5, 2018

    Really good article!! I have stated numerous times to several people in my small circle of acquaintances over the course of a decade or so, that I have yet to see a rich white women date a poor black man let procreate as a means to pass down generational wealth in the hands of their black significant other. It is for some mysterious reason we tend to see wealthy black men and women with an average white spouse it seems they are content as long as the spouse is of Caucasian descent. I’m quite aware of the hackneyed phrase “love is blind” but it can also leave you broke and lonely. The union between Black men and women is in need of serious repair just judging by what I causally observe here in US for example on Youtube there’s countless videos of ‘why I don’t date black women or men’ it is really cringe worthy to come across those videos and I try my best to avoid them completely. The subject on the browning of America by 2020 was talked about since the mid 1990’s from my recollection and its becoming reality by 2040. Conversely, Brazil isn’t getting any whiter from what we know on paper (statistics) one can conclude from the urgency of black empowerment and racial issues I believe more people will claim Afro-Brazilian and not be afraid or ashamed to do so giving the current climate. As stated above Afrocentric love is a detoxification process of Eurocentric standards.

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