Just a Colour 【黑色與偏見】

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[Just a Colour]

By: EMON Syed (Hall 10)

Image: hdwallpapers-download.com

Unlike white, which is the combination of red, green, and blue, black is the absence of all colours. Black has been associated with darkness, whereas white has been characterized with purity, spirituality, and light. This concept, unfortunately, is still quite prevalent in many societies where an object, animal, or a person with black skin or black clothing are looked upon with stern countenance. In India, Bangladesh, and other South Asian countries, it is considered an ill omen if a black cat crosses your path. If that cat was white, you could go ahead and give it a name and a home. Unfortunately, this trend of superstition extends to racial issues as well. There have been numerous accounts of a person being judged, stereotyped, and condescended due to his/her skin colour being black. It is not a skin he/she can take off, nor something they chose to “wear’. For human beings to advance, these attitudes towards the colour black has to be eradicated.

Perceptions of the colour black has always been negative, but the positive aspects of it has been neglected or even rejected. “Wearers” of black skin, like Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and many more, have enlightened the world with their acts of valour and courage and black clothing is now a norm in work or party environments. Many of us have to realize that black is just a colour, just the way our eyes and brain collaborate to visualize what we see.

【黑色與偏見】

文:EMON Syed(舍堂十)

譯:高路延(陳瑞球堂)

圖:hdwallpapers-download.com

與由紅色綠色藍色混合而得的白色不同,黑色不包括任何顏色。提起白色,人們會自然地想起純粹、靈性與明亮,然而說起黑色,我們便習慣性地聯想起黑暗。不幸的是這樣一種觀念在很多社會中任然流行。不論是事物、動物還是人類,黑色的皮膚或是外表會被輕視以至區別對待。在印度、孟加拉和一些南亞國家,如果有一隻黑貓從前面走過會被認為是一個不吉利的兆頭。然而假如那是一隻白貓,你便可以安心前行,給那白貓一個名字和一個家。我們應該意識到,不僅僅是對貓,對我們自己的同胞很多人也有同樣的迷信思想。一個人因為膚色偏深而被加以偏見、受到歧視的情況並不罕見。然而對於自己的皮膚,他們並不能擺脫,同時這也不是他們可以選擇的。人類若想進步,這些對於黑色的偏見首先應該被根除。

人們對於黑色的感知總是負面的,它積極的一面總是被人們忽略甚至是拒絕。擁有黑色膚色的人們,比如納爾遜 曼德拉、德斯蒙德 杜圖、馬丁 路德 金、麥爾坎·X,他們的英勇行為和勇氣點亮了整個世界。黑色的衣著在當今工作和聚會的環境中亦成為了時尚和得體的象徵。這更需要我們建立一個公正的意識:黑色只是一個顏色,是在我們的眼睛和大腦的共同作用下對我們所看到的物品呈現出來的色彩。

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