By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s father is set to release a new book titled: ‘Racism: From the Eyes of a Child’, where he speaks about his life while growing up in the deep South of America, as well as how he met his now ex-wife, Tina Knowles.
In an exclusive interview with Ebony, Knowles expressed how his experience with colorism led him to Beyoncé’s mom.
“How have you and your family experienced colorism?” he was asked.
“When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ‘Don’t ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house.’ In the deep South in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message.
“I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing – one day I had a breakthrough – that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was white. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness.
“I had been conditioned from childhood. Within eroticized rage, there was actual rage in me as a Black man, and I saw the White female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back.”
He also noted that a lot of black men were conditioned that way.
Looks like #TeamLightSkin did not start in Nigeria.
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