Mathew Knowles Thought Tina Lawson Was White, Talks New Book “Racism: From the Eyes of a Child”
A recent Mathew Knowles interview is raising eyebrows, especially the brows of folks who already don’t care for Beyoncé’s dad. The former Destiny’s Child manager recently sat down with EBONY Magazine to speak on his new book “Racism: From the Eyes of a Child.”
In the interview which EBONY yanked down (a little too late, unfortunately) Mathew speaks on growing up in the south and dealing with racism and colorism from outsiders and in his own home. According to Maty, he was told not to bring home “no nappy-head black girl” and at Fisk University his class was forced to take the paper bag test.
“When I was growing up, my mother used to say, “Don’t ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house.” 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 also added that there’s a chapter in his book on “eroticized rage” where he realized that he was very much into very light-skinned black or completely white women because he subconsciously saw it as revenge. Maty says he thought Mama Tina was one of those white women—but later realized she wasn’t.
“I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing – one day I had a breakthrough – that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was white. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness.
I had been conditioned from childhood. Within 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.”
Eroticized rage sounds legit and colorism is very real. It’s sad to hear that Mathew dealt with that from his own mother.
Now as far as him mistaking Célestine Beyincé for a Caucasian woman…
does that seem like a stretch???
The interview is (of course) getting possibly legally blind Mathew Knowles relentlessly roasted.
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