This morning I woke up to fresh pink roses, Brazilian coffee and my New York Times and a list this long of deadlines however I opened my iPad and started watching youtube videos instead. Im glad I did because I came across this really interesting video by two girls talking about their experiences as a “Dark Skin girl”. A couple minutes into the video I considered writing about this on my blog but then changed my mind, I read my paper but something from the video had my mind working over time it was something the girls said. They both grew up in fairly white neighborhoods and it wasn’t the white people who made them feel like their extremely dark skin was a problem it was other black people.
It really got me thinking how right they were, growing up in a country where there is 90% black ratio I have seen first hand how “We” black people deal with our fellow black people. If you’re dark skin you get called names, you’re criticized, most black men prefer a light skin black girl, it got to the point where skin bleaching became huge. I’ve never had a problem with the color of my skin and I have never ever tried bleaching, in my earlier years I wasn’t socialized in circles where complexion was seen as a status. I hang out with a lot of different races and more often than not a lot of white people, when I try to explain to them the light skin, dark skin epidemic in the black community not only do they look at me stupid but someone actually said to me, “But you’re all still black people anyway.” Are black people racist against their own kind? is Black on Black crime still the number one cause of death among black people? Why do we hate ourselves.
Yes I believe in racism and its still very prevalent, but maybe its time we stopped acting like their isn’t an elephant in the room. It’s time we addressed the issue of color status in the black community.
xoxox Lauren O Lauren