The Color Complex Essay Research Paper Miscongention

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The Color Complex Essay, Research Paper Miscongention during slavery is the root of the color complex. Historically if one were to trace the origin of the color complex one would have to begin at slavery. Europeans felt that Africans would be the ideal slaves because they did not know the American land and if they were to try to escape they could not remain hidden because their skin would help sought them out. With this in mind the Europeans voyaged to Africa in search of these ?ideal? indentured servants to service their plantations and their beautiful homes. These white monsters invaded Africa. They stole noble families from rich Africa, shackled and crammed them on a ship with unbearable living conditions and little space available. One area called the Chesapeake Bay,

colonized America, and held a vast majority of mulatto children. The white indentured servants and black slaves frequently worked side by side on these plantations. Because the black slaves and white indentured servants shared the same restrictions, life styles, and privileges they became friends and in some cases lovers. The one main factor of miscongention was because there was a shortage of both African and European women. ?Among Africans there were at least three men to every two women, and among whites men out numbered women by as many as three or four to one, especially in the South.? (Hall et al.12) These gender imbalances caused white men to explore and force themselves onto the black female slaves. The raping of black females devoured black males self ?esteem because

they could do nothing to stop the violation of their females. This aspect forced black males to turn to Native American women for championship. Fornication was easier for Native Americans and Black Americans because they were both considered unequal to the ?white elite?, therefore the whites did not pay attention to the relationships among them. Through rape, the subservient black female slaves carried their masters? babies. When the babies were born the babies were considered a new race called mulattos. They were ripped from form their black mother?s arms and sold at high prices. Mulatto women and men were known to be exotic and at times beautiful in the dominant race?s eye. ?Light ? skinned beauties, called ?fancy girls?, were auctioned at ?quadroon ball?s regularly in New

Orleans and Charleston. ? A respectable white gentleman might by a concubine, and when he tired of her, six months or so later, he might get himself another one. If he found one he liked he might keep her for life.? (19) Because mulattos were the only women and men of colored ancestry to be considered beautiful whites segregated them from the dark skin black race. Dark skin women?s image of beauty altered to the lighter shade and longer hair women and men. Mulatto women were not only thought to be beautiful in white male eyes but black male slaves also favored them sometimes more. This approach of beauty conflicted with the dark skinned hard working black women. These women were only to be known as mongrels in white male eyes while their strength they obtained was lost and

forgotten in their equals? eye. Black women?s self esteem plummeted because the prejudice they were experiencing in their own race made the affection and beauty they were once honored for a memory. Black male?s started to subconsciously hate the strength and the beauty that the black women obtained. Hidden beneath the dirt, sweat, and rags dissolved her self esteem along with a dim soul. Dark blacks self definition and self worth vanished because they were thought and looked at as nothing. ?Images that symbolize African American womanhood have, with few exceptions, been defined as negative by African American scholars. These images, which are believed to have evolved during slavery, portray African American women as the antithesis of the American conception of beauty, femininity