Before you stone me for even asking the question, bear with me briefly.
Did we as black women do a lynching on Kanazawa? Or did we set him up for a comeup?
For those who don’t know, Satoshi Kanazawa is a scientist who did a study of black, white, asian and native american women and determined that “scientifically” and “objectively” black women were the least attractive of all women. His “findings” were published by the venerable Psychology Today magazine.
Well the study was obviously junk science, and rocket science was not necessary to determine that. We as intellegent black women know and understand that we are not what this obscure so called scientist tried to claim we are. But I wonder why we reacted so strongly to his opinion of us? Did we pull out a hammer to kill a fly?
We sisters were able to organize so swiftly and with formidable political might as to make the Powers That Be bow down to us! But could we do the same thing against the bazillions of asian owned beauty supply stores selling our black daughters creamy crack? Aren’t they telling us that we are ugly, and aren’t we agreeing with our dollars?
If we as daughters of Africa know that we are NOT this thing that the formerly unknown Kanazawa said we are, then why did we get so upset? IMHO we are handling over our power to these people, unawares, every time they bait us with the race card. Do we know that we build the careers of these unknowns? For all we know, Kanazawa may have gotten another bigger and better job with any racist organization doing “research”.
I don’t think Kanazawa’s firing was a true victory to us.
Can we really claim to be strong and empowered black women if we can’t let a fool say foolish stuff about us, and pass it by?
- All You Need to Know is I’m a 2 x 5: Sexism in Satoshi Kanazawa’s PT Post (psychologytoday.com)
- Do Black Women’s Features Look Better On White Women? (nachalooman.wordpress.com)