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CURRY: My Sister's Keeper

George E. Curry | 3/12/2014, 3 p.m.
In all the hoopla surrounding President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, overlooked is that fact that our young girls also ...
President Obama speaks Feb. 27 in the East Room of the White House in Washington in front of minority youth during an event to launch "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to create and foster opportunities for boys and young men of color. (Courtesy of the White House)

Muhammad Ali described racial brainwashing this way:

“We’ve been brainwashed. Everything good is supposed to be white. We look at Jesus, and we see a white with blond hair and blue eyes. We look at all the angels; we see white with blond hair and blue eyes. Now, I’m sure there’s a heaven in the sky and colored folks die and go to heaven. Where are the colored angels? They must be in the kitchen preparing milk and honey. We look at Miss America, we see white. We look at miss world, we see white. We look at Miss Universe, we see white. Even Tarzan, the king of the jungle in black Africa, he’s white. All the good cowboys ride the white horses and wear white hats. Angel food cake is the white cake, but the devil’s food cake is chocolate.”

Little chocolate girls are still being peppered with those White-is-beautiful images. Yes, we need to save our Black boys. But we can’t save our community without saving Black girls, too.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @currygeorge and the George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.