Darkies are people of colour as seen from the point of view of white privilege and power, especially under conditions of white rule where said darkies are either slaves or “natives”. Although the slaves have been freed and white rule overthrown, it still affects how some whites think, like Madonna.
There are three main kinds of darkies: helpless, happy and ungrateful. Take the last two first:
- Happy Darkies – they sing, they dance, they laugh! How bad can it be? In fact, they sing and dance better than white people and laugh more deeply. They truly enjoy life! They are like children. A good thing serious white people are in charge. Examples: Will Smith, Eddie Murphy.
- Ungrateful Darkies – some darkies are never happy! No matter what whites do for them, they always find something to complain about! They do not see how much progress has been made and how good they have it! Examples: Michelle Obama, Gandhi.
The truth is, Happy Darkies are not happy. They are just as unhappy as the Ungrateful Darkies. The only difference between them and Ungrateful Darkies is that they think there is nothing they can do to change the way things are and try to get on with life as best they can.
Ungrateful Darkies, often termed “angry”, think things can change. That is why the more you help them the more ungrateful they get! That is why they are often middle-class and have university degrees. They have seen change in their own lifetime and want more. They do not measure the progress made, like white people do, but the distance still to go.
When Michelle Obama said “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country” that was classic Ungrateful Darky: white talking heads wondered how a black person with degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law could be, well, so ungrateful!
Now one more:
- Helpless Darkies – need white people to save them from themselves! After all they live in a terrible part of town (the hood) or a terrible part of the world (the Third World). Hollywood loves this one: “Avatar” (2009), “Mississippi Burning” (1998), “Dances with Wolves” (1990) , “Dangerous Minds” (1995) and all the other White Saviour films. So do neoconservatives. So does Madonna, who made herself the mother of our Example: Mercy James.
The darky thing is all about white privilege and power. Whites want to be on top and want to believe their power is kind and good and just. If people of colour are helpless then they need whites to help them! If they are happy it proves how good whites are. And since whites are so good and wonderful, anyone who does not see that must be Angry and Ungrateful.
Exercise for the reader: Compare and contrast Angelina Jolie and Bono’s views on Africa.
– Abagond, 2010.
- Fanon: The So-Called Dependency Complex of the Colonized – the relevant chapter of Fanon.
- Michelle Obama
- Will Smith
- Mercy James
- White paternalism
- Jack Kerouac