the protagonist. He has skin the color
of coal. Until a few weeks ago, I have
never heard someone refer to someone’s skin color as coal. I thought I made this up… I was horribly
wrong. I know a Coal for the Cosby Show
but he had caramel skin and there was a white guy on soap opera named Coal,
names that mean ‘black’ like Chocolate and Coal and Ebony. Again, I had never heard of coal being
attributed to someone’s skin color…i thought I’d made it up.. Initially I told her, I don’t know.
Why not. I thought a little bit
longer on the question and came up with a better answer for: we are taught by
society and by our peers that black is wrong.
So by having a name that means ‘black’ we contradicts that and
celebrates being “othered”..
But honestly I just think they are nice names. I know plenty of black folks named Ivory and
Pearl. I actually knew a very sexy
dark-skinned brother named Ivory ::drool::
Ivory was a Sexy MF’er with an English accent. ::swoon::
Eden… the dark skinned folks are named coals. ::sniffle and snob:: while the light skinned people are called
pearls. Please take a moment and catch
up on the drama here, here,
here and here. I wasn’t going to take a side on the book
since I hadn’t read it, but after I saw the freaking youtube
video. I had to walk away and shake
started over the word coal I had to ask myself if I was being racist
because I have a character that I’ve named Coal because of the color of his
skin?-A color that I love, btw. Do I get a pass because I’m black?
Am I being insensitive? Should I change
the name of my protagonist and my book?
When I started this blog post the idea of changing Coal’s name sickened
me. But not anymore, because really what
is in a freaking name? **nothing** and
I’d rather change it than have it be linked to this coal vs. pearls
controversy. Maybe I should name him
to know that intentions are one thing reality is another.
isn’t the only thing I have in common
with this book. More proof that there is
just nothing f’n original under the f’n sun and we are all fooling ourselves to
believe otherwise. So I need to make
sure my story is f’n awesome. The plot,
pacing, and characterization needs to be
on point. ::le sigh:: The things we do for love.