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Mathew Knowles -- Beyonce’s Light Skin Helped With Mainstream Success, Says Internalizing Colorism Led Him To Ex-Wife Tina

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Mathew Knowles is opening up about how internalized colorism led him to his now ex-wife Tina Knowles Lawson and how Beyonce’s light skin is a factor in her mainstream success. Do you agree? Read his interview and discuss inside…

Mathew Knowles has a new book on the market he’s promoting titled Racism: From the Eyes of a Child, where he opens up about what life was like growing up in the deep South during the ‘60s & ‘70s. And he’s sharing his life experiences raw and unfiltered.

In an interview with EBONY, Beyonce’s father opened up about how internalized colorism led him to his now ex-wife Tina Knowles Lawson. As a child, his mother would tell him not to “bring no nappy-head Black girl” to her house, so he always gravitated towards light skinned black women or white women.

“In the deep South in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message,” he told the magazine.

The Texas Southern professor revealed when he first met his ex-wife Tina Knowles Lawson, he thought she was a white woman. He later found out she wasn’t and that she was super in-tune with her blackness.

Mathew said he has a whole chapter in his book about eroticized rage where he subconsciously sought after light skinned black women or white women as a way of “getting back” at white men.

“I had been conditioned from childhood. With eroticized rage, there was actual rage in me as a Black man, and I saw the White female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back. There are a lot of Black men of my era that are not aware of this thing.”

Where is the lie?  We've been saying this for years, actually.  A lot of black men (and possibly some black women) suffer from eroticized rage and don’t even know it. We hardly ever agree with Mathew, but he hit this nail right on the head. We’re actually shocked he's openly talking about it. But, it’s definitely a conversation within the black community that needs to be had.

In the interview, Mathew also opened up about his daughter Beyonce (and others) being light skinned and how that may have aided to her mainstream success.

“When it comes to Black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common?”

“They’re all lighter skinned,” the reporter responded.

“Do you think that’s an accident?,” Mathew asked.

“Of course not!,” the reporter said.

“So you get it!,” Mathew said

Hmm…does he have a point? Sound off in the comments!

And we'll just leave this history lesson by Bree Newsome here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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