“My White Baby” – Literally & Metaphorically

First, literally… if you haven’t seen it yet, the below news report has been circulating the web today… a Nigerian couple and their newborn white baby (though not albino). Watch it, and then continue on underneath for the metaphorical:

And second, metaphorically… I received an email about a short documentary titled Me Broni Ba, which translates as My White Baby - a film from Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu. “Me Broni Ba” is a phrase of endearment used in parts of Ghana, as in when a mother refers to her beloved child, or even a husband referring to his cherished wife; in either situation, the adorer will refer to the adored as “Me Broni Ba,” or, “My White Baby;” essentially, it speaks to that age-old idea that, for blacks, “whiteness” is the ideal.

More specifically, its synopsis reads: “The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through
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