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Mathew Knowles Opens Up About Racism: I Was Told Not To Date A Nappy Head Black Girl, I Thought Tina Was White

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Mathew Knowles shares his experiences with racism growing up as child. In his latest book: Racism: From the Eyes of a Child, he talks about growing up in the south and his struggles with racism. Knowles revealed that his mother did not embrace being black.

"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 only dated white women before meeting his ex-wife Tina Knowles, who he assumed was white.

"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."

He adds,

"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."

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