When I was a child some 71 years ago, it was not uncommon for us to want to be white like Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans, The Lone Ranger (no one wanted to be Tonto) because the culture of America at that time said that any skin color other than “White” skin was ugly and “White” skin was beautiful. The movie industry even made King Kong be more attracted to Fay Ray than the natives he lived with day after day.
I oppose Nancy Pelosi's answer to her grandson and rate it as racist because she is telling her grandson that his melanin and those he looks like is unacceptable and not to be valued.
When I was a child growing up in America’s version of Apartheid called “separate, but equal” in Oklahoma, I asked my mother why we had different skin colors. This woman labeled a “Negro” who was born in 1914, whose neighborhood was burned down in the Tulsa Riots and who had every right to be racist and filled with anger toward Caucasians, said to me “Morris, God Love’s loves flowers and we are God’s flower garden;" that is what Nancy Pelosi should have told her grandson rather than telling him his skin color is inferior and he is right to want to change his melanin.
Nancy should be ashamed of herself and if people think she should be applauded for telling her grandson his skin color and every child of Caucasian decent is inferior, you are no better than the people of my day that told every black, brown, red, yellow child that they were inferior to Caucasians.
Equally shameful, is to see the Congressional Black Caucus sit next to and around Nancy as she makes her eight-hour speech and agree with her an not say a word against what she said. Especially those who hold Martin Luther King, Jr. in high regard knowing that he never said anything like this when he had the national stage.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” It is clear to me that character is not better than skin color to “Miss Nancy.”
Pastor Morris Curry