Howard had the author, Bintell Powell, in the studio to discuss his book, "Betrayed," which focuses on the differences between light-skinned black people and dark-skinned black people. Bintell noted he grew up on Long Island where he witnessed light-skinned black people having an easier time than dark-skinned black people, while Howard added he'd noticed the same thing when he was growing up in the same area. Bintell then mentioned "Betrayed" also dealt with his sexual exploits with light-skinned women, and went on to discuss how he credited the success of both Beyonce and Barack Obama to their lighter skin tones.
The Media Is Guilty As Well
When Bintell said he thought light-skinned black people "discriminated" against dark-skinned black people, Robin replied she didn't understand what he was saying, and he told her he'd "send her an e-mail" further explaining his point. Bintell then encouraged dark-skinned black people to "rise up" against light-skinned black people, explaining he thought they were as racist as white people. Bintell proceeded to report that while people like Halle Berry and Alicia Keys, women who he called "light skinned," were on the cover of magazines, he didn't think the same could be said about people like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson because their wives were "too dark." Bintell next commented he wanted dark-skinned black women to feel "beautiful," and that they didn't need to "straighten their noses and get hair weaves" to get confidence.
Dark Is An Opinion
After Bintell insisted people lived for two reasons – "the urge to be important and the urge for sex" – he added he felt Al Sharpton had "questionable characteristics," even though he still liked him for "stepping up" on behalf of all black people. A caller then asked Bintell why he thought so many black people stood up for both Jesse Jackson and Sharpton, and he responded it was because there was "nobody else," while another caller accused Howard of patronizing Bintell. However, Howard noted he grew up in the same area of Long Island as Bintell, and that he agreed with his stance because he'd witnessed it firsthand. Howard then played clips of Crazy Alice screaming racist insults, and Bintell laughed and admitted he was concerned about "getting shot" when he heard reactions like that. At least he did until he found out the call wasn't real. Dominic Barbara also called in to point out he thought one of the most successful politicians, Colin Powel, was dark skinned, but Howard advised Dominic to "adjust the color on his TV" if he believed Colin wasn't light skinned.