We always associate the colour white with holiness, purity and goodness.It is this colour using which we symbolise light. We use it to represent knowledge and wisdom. It is the colour of the divine.
While black is the colour of evil. It has a mysterious quality. Black is a hideous colour. When it is night and all the world goes dark all the fear sets in. Black represents fear and hopelessness.
The meanings of the colours are imbibed so deeply in one’s mind that even in cartoons and movies we represent Fairy Mother as white and the evil one as black. People are even discriminated due to their colour.
Why do we represent the colours in such a way?
Men fear what they can not see.
In the morning we rise with the song of birds and see light flooding into our room. We leave the dark bed to go and stand near the window. The bright light warms us. We see the world before us and feel hope rising in us. We feel the need for activity. Then the breathless day moves into a cold night. Most of us retire to bed with all sort of tension in mind. With no sight of help or familiar face.
Scientifically the sunlight is white. It consists of all colours which make the world. While black is devoid of all colours. Black is there where light is not.
So naturally nice people show a preference to white while those who we know as evil to black.
Is these convention right?
I say that it is not at all right. Many people we have given the position of being a “true man in spirit” come from the decayed parts of the society, where the water is brackish and the hut are set so close that not a single ray of light comes in. I can give you numerous other examples other than Halle Berry, Jim Carrey, Henry Edmund Martinson, Charlie Chaplin and David Geffen. While some are “demons in white”.
To oppose racial discrimination, no better examples come into my mind than Barrack Obama. He once said-
That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind.
The most amazing thing is that there are no better co-workers than black and white. They are two sides of the same coin. One can not live without the other. Have you ever seen a chessboard?