Friday, July 29, 2011
Dark-skinned, light-skinned, who cares?
I've been meaning to write about this a long time ago as I just don't seem to get the whole dark-skinned, light-skinned issue, I have heard so many people in the black community talk about. It still blows my mind that in this day and age many black people make a distinction between dark-skinned and light skinned black people (mainly women). Now I understand where some of this comes from (colonialism, etc.), but what I do not understand is that after all these years, a lot of black people themselves still regard light-skinned women as more attractive than dark-skinned women. I have read this in many articles and blogs, heard it in mainstream media and even personally overheard conversations about it, but coming from within the black community it just makes no sense to me. Wouldn't your own community know that this is non-sense, considering that you yourself have been discriminated for hundreds of years because of your skin-color? How can you make the same mistake as other people and judge someone because of the skin-tone of his/her color? When I see black women I never pay attention to how dark or light they are. A woman can be extremely dark and at the same time extremely attractive, just as she can be of a very light complexion and equally attractive or unattractive. In my mind it makes no sense whatsoever and I would love to hear your opinions about this.