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aka's and the light brite TRUTH Posted on 10-30-2005
Change
boston, MA
you know i've never seen a light skinned Black girl with long hair it was always weave akatude is the stereotypical aka only i'm not sure if that's her hair but anyways now anyone who is into reading should read some old book that actually documented aka's and their color struck inutations they WERE actually color struck and if you were not light enough you didn't get in i thought that was interesting because a myth came out to be TRUE of course it's different NOW but to KNOW that your org WAS discriminatory like that has to make u feel bad poor aka's
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cutiepie@csu from cincinnati, OH replied on 10-31-2005 07:45PM [Reply]

Hmmmm no comment... Free Post!! Sorry Change P. No offense.
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Real Talk replied on 10-31-2005 08:01PM [Reply]
While I find the book deeply disturbing at times, I would recommend you all reading "Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class" by Lawrence Otis Graham. The author discribes the history of several elite organizations (like the Boule, the Links, Greeks, etc.) and how individuals seeking membership into these orgs were ofen subjected to the "paper bag" test to determine whether they qualified for membership. I'm not attempting to say that this practice should be excused because it was commonly used at the time but I am asking (again).... what does that have to do with the topic posted?
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Change from boston, MA replied on 10-31-2005 09:56PM [Reply]
and **** don't wrap their sh!t up either having bastids all willy nilly dumb **** ****
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Chief Pharaoh from Orangeburg, SC replied on 10-31-2005 10:45PM [Reply]
Well this will go down in history as my first: FREE POST!!!!! 8)that felt pretty good
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IdealOne007 from Asheville, NC replied on 10-31-2005 10:58PM [Reply]

ChangePlease wrote:
and **** don't wrap their sh!t up either having bastids all willy nilly dumb **** ****
:lol: Does this make you any happier? http://students.ou.edu/M/Craig.A.Marroquin-1/colorism.html
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AKAtude from brooklyn, NY replied on 11-01-2005 05:55AM [Reply]
Yes, it is true that colorism played a MAJOR part in ANY ELITE BLACK ORG BACK IN THE DAY. Key word "BACK IN THE DAY" and please don't just assume that AKA is the only Divine Nine Org that did such activities as the paper bag test. For all you "Delta-wanna-bees" thinking that DST was the "darker" org...THINK AGAIN and do some damn research. If you did you will see that the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. were also subject to the paper bag test and if you go through past yearbooks I guarantee that you wont be able to tell the Deltas from the AKA's just by face value. Secondly, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. does not ONLY take in "light skinned" females; there is so much variety of colors, textures, shades and even shapes of us. Yess change you are right that I am light skinned, with long hair and hazel eyes (which all are genetically MINE) but the fact of the mater is that "I am what I am." By you telling me that I am light skinned and a "typical" AKA, is that supposed to make me think less of my self? Or down play my nationality? I hope not...if so it isn't working. I always hated this colorist bull because its always the insecure people that that wanna tell someone how u "aint black enough" or you "need to get in touch with ur roots." I hate that people in HBCU's in general are always so quick to tell someone about their nationality and "Africanness." Some people just need to evaluate them self. I am soooo fed up with these stereotypes
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WileECoyote06 replied on 11-01-2005 08:54AM [Reply]
AKAtude wrote:
Yes, it is true that colorism played a MAJOR part in ANY ELITE BLACK ORG BACK IN THE DAY. Key word "BACK IN THE DAY" and please don't just assume that AKA is the only Divine Nine Org that did such activities as the paper bag test. For all you "Delta-wanna-bees" thinking that DST was the "darker" org...THINK AGAIN and do some damn research. If you did you will see that the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. were also subject to the paper bag test and if you go through past yearbooks I guarantee that you wont be able to tell the Deltas from the AKA's just by face value. Secondly, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. does not ONLY take in "light skinned" females; there is so much variety of colors, textures, shades and even shapes of us. Yess change you are right that I am light skinned, with long hair and hazel eyes (which all are genetically MINE) but the fact of the mater is that "I am what I am." By you telling me that I am light skinned and a "typical" AKA, is that supposed to make me think less of my self? Or down play my nationality? I hope not...if so it isn't working. I always hated this colorist bull because its always the insecure people that that wanna tell someone how u "aint black enough" or you "need to get in touch with ur roots." I hate that people in HBCU's in general are always so quick to tell someone about their nationality and "Africanness." Some people just need to evaluate them self. I am soooo fed up with these stereotypes
Tell em why you mad soror. LOL
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replied on 11-01-2005 09:03AM [Reply]
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now anyone who is into reading should read some old book
Great source as usual ChangePlease!
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Soundcheck 1898 replied on 11-01-2005 12:18PM [Reply]
OoHDatDude wrote:
Invincible-Blu wrote:
ChangePlease wrote:
listen listen listen u know the myth that the aka's historically back in the day wanted and accepted only light skinned heads i'm sure there were token darkies but that myth was proven to be TRUE that's what i'm saying and i live up north and never seen a light skinned Black with long hair that was hers they rock good weaves just like some of the other Black females
Well, come down to the South and you'll see it. Change, I know what you're talking about. They say back in the day, AKAs used the 'Brown Paper Bag' and the comb test.
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The brown paper bag test was designed to calculate complexion. A brown paper bag was placed next to the hand of a person and if the person was lighter than the bag, they were welcomed into the organization. If the person was darker than the bag, membership was denied. The comb test consisted of the test-givers running a fine-tooth comb through the hair. If the comb did not pass smoothly through with ease, membership was denied. Those accepted into the organization passed the comb test since the fine-tooth comb glided down the strands of hair with ease.
http://www.thefamuanonline.com/media/paper319/news/2005/01/24/Lifestyles/Occasion.Highlights.Complexion.Stigmas-838889.shtml
No where in the article does it say anything about Alpha Kappa Alpha. Damn, **** don't read nowadays
Well.... Actually....
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"We've allowed white society to define beauty. As a culture we need to make a conscious effort to restore the concept of beauty," said panelist Brooke Smith, Miss FAMU, on behalf of the Beta Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
^Yep.. An AKA said that... hold up... wow... an AKA said that... but according to change they'd probably be the last to say that huh? :lol: gee golly wow... who'da thunk it. Anyway... what does this thread accomplish again? Because to me it looks like the thread maker and cosigner are only creating the same division they are supposedly trying bring the light except this time its in another form especially when one considers the lack of them having yet to offer any kind of solution or grounds for even posting this except to try and embarass a group of people with a shaky historical fact (just because its in a book doesn't mean its true or reflects an organization as a whole. No organization/human is perfect.)
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Change from boston, MA replied on 11-01-2005 01:18PM [Reply]
see even akatude knows how her org was historically i didn't know the deltas were like that too how disgusting u know the zetas weren't like that being overweight and breathing hard was actually a REQUIREMENT :lol:
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