“Reaching Backing” Nea Anna Simone

Hello IYBC,

The characters in the novel “Reaching Back” have an extreme case of denial. What is interesting is that they don’t consider themselves black in color or race.  They just seem to exist in the parallels of their mind. There is more of a need to be validated by white people even though they will never be accepted by white people socially, but they get that “pat on the head” you are OK because you don’t have dark skin. This is the key to their self-esteem, because now they look at someone with dark skin and automatically feel better.

What is also amazing is that the book portrays everyone with “fair” skin that it  almost looks “white” and they have this long flowing hair gray-blue eyes that they are so breath-taking and alluring nobody could take their eyes off them.  This in my opinion is totally ridiculous. Everyone had the perfect shape, eyes, legs, but yet they were so unaware they so “exotic” I am so beautiful I didn’t realize I tripped over myself, but since I am just drop dead gorgeous my body is so delicate and soft it I don’t have to pick myself up it will do it on it’s own.






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2 Responses to “Reaching Backing” Nea Anna Simone

  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly Leasher! But let’s not forget the dark people who look at anyone even the slighted shade lighter than them and retort such things like, “Oh, she thinks she is too good!” I find many fair people from the south with apparent self-esteem problems mainly because their own families have verbally beaten it into them that they were “no better than anybody else.” When actually they were treated worse because of their family’s attempt to make sure they did not feel better because of skin color. I’ve seen some light-skinned southerners almost apologize with their demeanor for something they have no control over! I have one “light” and one “dark” daughter at home. I use those terms loosely because it is really all relative. I will teach them that when people make reference to their skin in a negative light they have a problem! We will refer to it as “the sickness” and pray for their deliverance! LOL!!!!!

    • chocolateamethyst says:

      Hello IYBC,

      I concur with Malissa that the “Complexion War” with in our race, that people who have dark skin have their issuses and can be just as cruel as people with light skin. “Reaching Back” is about women who have fair white skin and their struggles with people only a shade darker which seems to be light skin, because they can pass as “white” and many of them did. It seems to me black people who were for example my skin color was the least of their worries because they socialized and married with in the compounds of their complexion of fair white. People that have my skin color did not exist in their world they were to busy making sure that they passed the” paper bag test ” for their own acceptance.

      In my opinion the “Complexion War” is world wide. There are Black people who live in Spain, Brazil, Africa even the USA that today that are using creams to lighten their skin. Magazine covers are constantly altering the color of our skin so that we are portrayed as a color that they feel the public is comfortable with. “Charity” starts at home we must as a race teach our children that the color you were born with is not important especially at home with your family. The phrase “Reaching Back” is a racial slur in our black race that we must stop refering to when a black child is born that has a complexion that is light to dark. “Charity” starts at home and until we confront our own family and community about skin color we cancel the oppertunity to educate the world that the color of our skin is just color.

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