iOS app Android app More

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors
Will.i.am

Will.i.am

Posted: February 14, 2009 10:52 AM

Who Are the Colored People?

What's Your Reaction:

i am so proud to have received a NAACP award by my black community...

because at one point in time i wasn't even considered "black enough"...

yes...

i am a black man...

i was raised in an all mexican neighborhood...

i attended great schools in white areas...

so...growing up i was looked at as odd...

black people didn't think i was "black enough"

white people thought i was different than other blacks...

and mexicans thought i was dominican...

life was colorful...

if it wasn't for that diversity i never would have known what life truly had to offer...

people fought for me to attend brentwood sci mag, paul revere middle school, and palisades high...

people fought for my freedoms...

freedoms i didn't acknowledge when i was younger...

i went to school with persians, koreans, native americans, french, nigerians, and indians...

another translation would be:

brown, yellow, red, white, black, and blue people...

brave people fought for that...

magnet schools...

equal education...

it was all fought for...

and i reaped the benefits from it...

the invisible freedom fighters fought...

the visible fighters fought as well...

in the 100 years of the existence of the NAACP and fighting for equality they are now victorious...

because a black man is in the white house...

built by slaves now run by a black president...

the battle was won...

and now i ask this question...

what does the "C.P. " mean in the NAACP now?

today's definition is...

NAACP:

the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

we have advanced to the highest seat in office...

the president...

we have advanced to oprah status...

we have advanced...

congratulations...

and now...

where do we go?

i know we still have to fix mississippi, new orleans and our ghettos...

but what about the other colors...

filipino?

brazilian?

indian?

cambodian?

afghani?

and chinese?

if the NAACP fought so that a black man could be president in a country that practiced slavery...

then the NAACP should now stand and represent all people of color...

and fight to unite every version of "pigment"...

and lack of it...

the NAACP should now march and protect the most important colors of all...

GREEN...

"the planet"...

and "GREY"...

the mind...

education...

equal education...

because no matter if you're black, white, blue or orange...

we all live on green...

and we all think with grey...

and what good is a united people if there is no green to live on...???

and what good is a united people if our grey is filled with nothingness...

i am so proud to have performed "take our planet back" at the NAACP image awards...

i am so proud to have use my grey and sing about green in a black gathering...

i am so proud to have performed that song on that night...

during this time in american history...

we have a new mission ahead of us...

we all have to rethink the priorities...

we all have to put our best foot forward and walk together...

all colors...

all the different versions of pigment...

and lack of it...

we all have to protect the important colors...

"green, and grey"

and i propose this new title to the NAACP...

:)

the National Association for the Advancement of Consciousness and People

let's wake up...

realize how we all contribute to the destruction of our planet and minds...

let's continue to educate and push...

and remind our government to make laws that protect our "grey"

the mind...

and force our government to make laws that protect our "green, brown, and blue home"

the earth...

let's take our planet black...

please watch this video and pass it around like a baton and be apart of the new "C.P."

conscious people...