Dark continent: (n) reference to Africa
Although it’s never really organized, there is a definite attempt to rally for the victim—or make numerous excuses for the bully.
Both positions suffer from a weakness.
The bully and all his advocates appear defensive.
And the victim, trying to come across sympathetic, is often anemic—maybe even a little suspect.
Maintaining the insanity of racism requires a verbose bully and a wounded victim.
And may I say, as long as this profile is bolstered, the roles continue—bully and victim.
For perhaps two hundred years, Africa was referred to as the “Dark Continent.”
It was a conversational way of allowing the ignorance of our society, permitting them a tenuous explanation for egregious actions.
After all, the word “Dark” is simply a more clinical phrasing of “black.”
And adding “Continent” clarified that it was not part of Western expansion by the European explorers.
Merely consider how the slave traders were comforted, easing their conscience concerning stealing human beings by gently reminding one and all that these pieces of property had been poached from a Dark Continent.
Hell, they might even have done them a favor—escaping the treachery of their own surroundings.
We must remember that racism never really goes away.
It just changes its lingo and softens its rationalization.