For the slave minded though we are free from slavery. For those who still find the need to block a certain color.
I will firstly issue this disclaimer: Please note that I, in no way, shape or form intend to offend anyone with this piece. I can only speak from my perspective. They say he who feels it knows it. These are just my experiences and it says nothing about personal prejudices. Please do not misinterpret this article.
We fought so hard to be regarded as equals with the light skinned folks, but it’s a disgrace to see how much damage we’ve done to our bodies in trying to achieve what society says is the right color. And though the situation is extremely sad, I can understand why some of us would do what we can to fit in. Who wants to be an outcast?
Society tells us what’s beautiful. For years our idol has been the Barbie doll; thin frame, hips, breasts, small waist, light skin, blue eyes and long hair. The magazines make adjustments to suit their beauty concepts. But who really can live up to the standards set by a doll? And the music videos adds fuel to the flame, so too does our advertising and marketing strategies.
Back in the day the light skin was the color that most dark skin people wouldn’t be paired with. The light skin tone was the standard, and blacks were below that standard. That rule stands in today’s ‘modern world’ where successful men move on to light skin women as it is a sign that they have reached. They’ve climbed the social ladder and a light skin on their arm is living proof of that. Look at most of our local celebrities; how much of them are with the girl from across the street that he played ‘mama n papa’ with? How much of them are with girl who helped him with homework, while he was more focused on writing rhymes as a budding musician? How much of them wife a dark chick once they’ve climbed that social ladder? Not saying that they don’t, but how much of them do? Black women are seen as the stepping stones to a black man’s dream of the light skin. We are the practice for perfecting the light skin craft.
Little black girl’s aren’t to be educated, because school and who could afford it was a privilege, and slaves had no privilege. Little black girls aren’t to be house wives, they are housemaids. Little blacks girls aren’t to be advertised as beauties because that’s an insult to the light skin who owns little black girls.