Yesterday I came across this trailer for the Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry documentary, Black Girls. The movie outlines the color bias towards dark-skinned black women and suggests that it leaves many of them entangled in a rope of low self-esteem which perpetuates self-hate. As a dark-skinned black woman myself, I can particularly relate to the women who suggest they weren’t looked at seriously on the dating scene because of their skin color.
Unfortunately, more black men than we would like to admit (fast forward to the 4:37 mark) share the perspective that “light is right.” Too many dark-skinned black men (Ochocinco, Terrel Owens, Wesley Snipes, etc.) long to have a light/white woman like a bald man desires a rogaine treatment. While many understand that this perspective comes from slavery (the division of the house and field slave), most people don’t want to dig deeper and recognize that their “preferences” to light/white skin perpetuate division and encourages other self hate tools that have become norms like perms (fast forward to the 7:00 mark). :-/
Listen, God made black men and women of various skin tones; WHITE PEOPLE MADE NIGGERS. So it’s about time we end this nigger mentality which suggests that everything that is close to white is beautiful. WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL IN OUR OWN WAY so let’s embrace ourselves for who we are and what we look like and stand upright with all of God’s other human creations.
Can you drink to that?