This blog post is in response to this post here: Why is nudism portrayed as being so White?
So as you can see in these pictures there are almost no black people in these pictures. Why is that? It is not because of racism on the part of whites, but on the part of Blacks. Black America, for years, in an attempt to create their own culture, have designated every thing from clothes, to music, to even certain activities as for Blacks, or for Whites. I can remember this going on ever since i was a child. Country and rock music were designated as ‘for white people’, while Rap, Soul, and R&B were designated as ‘for black people’. The stupidity doesn’t end there. Riding bikes through the park: white people. Bird watching: white people. Skiing: most definitely for white people. And finally Marlboro cigarettes: for white people.
To do any of the aforementioned activities deemed you as ‘less black’, a Uncle Tom, or a Carlton Banks. As a black person you could be shunned by your fellow blacks for doing any of those activities. And so we shied away from them and being raised in a environment where activities, clothing, and even smoking cigarettes were divided by race a black person has a subconscious and conscious tendency to continue the idea. When most blacks seen anything involving Naturism or Nudism we mostly see whites doing it. So immediately our conscious and subconscious say, “This is something white people do, so I cannot or will not do so.” After this a racist factor may also be imposed on the activity. Years of older generations of blacks warning us of white being angry or fearful of us being in the midst of them and stealing their males or females has been drilled in our heads. So with certain white activities that we shun we use a belief of unfounded racism as a reason not to get involved.
There is very little Naturism can do about this, even showing more pictures of black naturists in magazines and online won’t help. Those blacks in such pictures will be seen as a rare thing, as Uncle Toms or poor naive ignorant blacks who don’t realize that the whites are so uncomfortable with a black person involving themselves in their precious activity. So blacks then justify non-involvement by saying they do not wish to make whites feel uncomfortable around them. In other words a vicious cycle ensues where blacks stifle themselves from enjoying life to the fullest. And whites wonder if they have done something wrong and acquire ‘white guilt’ about their activities where none is needed.
In the end i think White nudists have done all they can to welcome and encourage the Black community with open arms into Nudism. Its Black America that has the hang up about the naked body, and the fault of Black racism when it comes to joining the Nudist community. Blacks must set aside their fear, arrogance, and assumptive racism in order to become a part of the Nudist community. I hope this post clears up any preconceived notions about Blacks and Naturism.