Quoting German philosopher Schopenhauer
"Every white man is a faded or a bleached one"
Schopenhauer is a strange philosopher for Ras Kass to quote here, since he was a bit of a white supremacist himself. Schopenhauer believed whites had evolved to be superior to darker races, excluding the Egyptians and Hindus, whom Schopenhauer viewed as being equal to whites. The reason for this, according to Schopenhauer, was not that whites were naturally superior, but that the poor climates in which they lived required more innovation and creativity, thus promoting natural selection of the most innovative and creative individuals to pass on their genes.
The quote in question here is based on Schopenhauer’s reasoning that the original human beings were dark skinned, and that lighter skin is an evolved trait. This is the flip-side to the notion that the black man is the “original man” — this could also mean that the black man is “less evolved.”
Here is Schopenhauer’s quote in greater length, for context:
I may here express my opinion in passing that the white color of the skin is not natural to man, but that by nature he has a black or brown skin, like our forefathers the Hindus; that consequently a white man has never originally sprung from the womb of nature, and that thus there is no such thing as a white race, much as this is talked of, but every white man is a faded or bleached one. Forced into the strange world, where he only exists like an exotic plant, and like this requires to winter in the hothouse, in the course of thousands of years man became white. The gipsies, an Indian race which immigrated only about four centuries ago, show the transition from the complexion of the Hindu to our own. Therefore in sexual love nature strives to return to dark hair and brown eyes as the primitive type; but the white color of the skin has become a second nature[…]
It should also be noted that despite his arguably racist views, Schopenhauer was an opponent of slavery, describing enslaved Africans as his “innocent black brothers,” and remarking that the institution of slavery belonged to the “blackest pages of mankind’s criminal record.”
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