At the point were the Global Black community is now, whether they are the Dalits of India, and Pakistan, the folks in Papua New Guinea, the aborigines in Australia, and the amount of economic hell we are presently catching and the escalation of it just around the orner, I wonder what purpose of unity or uplifting discussion does statetnig that we must call ourselves by our skin color rather then our race, actualy serve. Hopefully someone can pull up an archive of the story of the struggle that James Brown went through to get "Say it Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud" on the radio airwaves. During the times of Jim Crow Black folks were brainwashed to be ashamed of the term Black, but the Afro-centric Movement and the Black Power and Black conciousness Movement changed all of that. Songs like, "To Be Young Gifted and Black" became rallying cries for excellence among our inner city youth, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBU80TF3oMQ and every one remembers "Black Seeds Keep on Growing" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soMGEiDPrrY And of course the Last Poets; Black Is, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpLQbhg1Wys Many of our metaphysicians and great scholars give reference to the actual Black dot of melanin, indicating the brain, present in every fetus, regardless of race. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BYUifcyd_w&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtMau0CdgSo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McZI...6703496C&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=61 During the height of the period of the popularity of the Black Panther party for self defense, they developed a slogan to acknowledge the Chicanos who were fighting against exploitation, and the whites such as SDS, and the Weathermen, who were fighting against imperialism. Bobby Seale would start out his speeches with; Black power to Black people Brown power to Brown people (Chicanos, Borinque) Red power to Red people and White power to White People All power to the people! Now since the Latino and Hispanic, progressive community have accepted the color designation as Brown, what purpose does it serve to seperate the Black community onto the various skin tones that one sees in just one extended family let alone the entire race? Curtis Mayfield made a poignant and thought provoking record called "We the People Who are Darker then Blue, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xs8q3_curtis-mayfield-people-who-are-dark_music and all of us have folks with Black skin in their family or have seen our relatives immigrating from the motherland such as the Wolof who are Black complexioned. We have struggled too hard and long to take away the slave-mind stigma against the word Black, and term Black Now we don't have to go back to Willie Lynch to see the numbers of different and divergent shades that make up our race, just to see how much that divides us, do we?