Self-Hate, Colourism and the word “Blick” being a Racial Slur

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Self-hate within the black community is often noticeable, starting with Colourism. Colourism is widely described as discrimination against your own, simply because you have a darker skin tone than yourself. This issue is extreme, many would have grown up in the UK hearing the word “blick.” The word “blick” is a derogatory term for a black person who is dark-skinned.  Blick stands for blacker than black, it can ultimately fall under the bracket of a racial slur. From a young age dark skin men are often programmed, and commonly think the lighter skin tone may just be more attractive.

When discrimination is spoken about within the black community, different subject matters arise.

In my research, I found that the gap between black women and their white counterparts was thoroughly discussed in America. The statistics show that black women earn 21% less than white women. Additionally, there is a higher percentage of young black men being incarcerated. Highlighted by the guardian which states “five times more likely” to be incarcerated. David Lammy Tottenham MP wrote a report stating there were disparities in arrest, charging, prosecution and imprisonment; I found that the ethnic minorities were being judged unfairly.

Despite these important topics being discussed, colourism still remains a taboo worldwide, “ism” is far less discussed. Colourism can be very detrimental as you will find darker-skinned people having to fight prejudice within their own community as if it was not hard for them as it is.


Kevin Munga
Kevin Munga
Kevin Munga is an Activist, Author, and Public speaker. In 2017, he released his first book "Young Black Males Have Potential" which amassed significant attention and has been featured on several reputable news outlets and TV shows. Including Russia Today, The BBC, London Live, Congolese National TV RTNC, and Dutch National TV Synaps. Kevin is of Congolese descent and is the youngest from a family of three. He was born in the Northern Suburbs of Paris in a small town called Sarcelles. At the age of twenty-one, Kevin stumbled across the opportunity to be able to gain the necessary qualifications to get into university via an Access course. Kevin was able to gather the finances to pay for the course and acquired the qualifications to gain entry into West London University to study Law. During his degree, Kevin started volunteering at PRU schools and this eventually led to a path of Activism. In his second year of University, this activism translated into Kevin's first book that he wrote independently entitled 'Young Black Males Have Potential.' The book touches on the stereotypes and struggles faced by young males in the minorities and provides motivation, productive solutions, and self-help techniques in order to overcome and challenge these struggles and stereotypes. The book was released in October 2017 and slowly gained media attention. Following the release of his book, Kevin has been invited to several news and television outlets. Including Russia Today, The BBC, London Live, RTNC (National Congolese Television), and Synaps (National Dutch Television). He has also been invited and had the opportunity to meet with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbott. In conjunction with the book, Kevin began receiving requests from schools, colleges, and financial institutions to speak about his personal experiences. He has taken on a successful path of motivational public speaking with his most recent appearance being at HM Prison Wandsworth. Kevin recently signed a publishing deal with Austin Macauley Publishers. Now an Activist, Author, Law graduate, and Public speaker. Kevin aims to continue defying the odds and often states the following: "I am trying to challenge the ideology that in order to be somebody where I am from, you need road status. Or that the only way young black males make it where I am from, is if they know how to kick a ball or write lyrics.”

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