The lack of respect for the beauty of dark skin shows that the slave mind set still exist in our society.
What's really sickening is that that thinking exist among people of color as well.
When she told this story, it brought me back to age 15.
I had a friend that I was close too and I still can’t recall how the topic of skin color started, but I knew she had a major skin complex and me being naive and only 15, I didn’t see what her issue was.
After reading the post “Mommy, I Want To Be White,” a couple days ago right here on Feministing, it brought me to tears.
Now it doesn’t take much for me to get emotional, but what made this post hit me so hard is that I don’t really get emotional towards something I can’t relate too.
When XO Jane published Ona Anosike’s article “I Am Sick of Seeing Women Crying Because of Their Dark Skin” earlier this month black women around the internet collectively rolled there eyes.
I would say I fit more towards the “beauty” standard in this society due to my light skin and hazel eyes, and even though I’ve heard a lot of stories on how dark women are treated in this society, I never have really seen something that hit me like this article did.
Yeah, Shemar Moore had his run and lots of women love Michael Ealy, but the fanfare doesn’t compare to the admiration for Idris Elba (praise ‘em), Morris Chestnut (yes lord), or Tyson Beckford (let the church say Amen).
Taye Diggs is another actor who has been admired for his chocolaty goodness—particularly after his debut in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” although I personally enjoyed him most in “Brown Sugar.” But despite the love the mocha-skinned author of “When I got into high school I started to hear, just from the black community, everybody is more attracted to the light skin girls and the light skin dudes with the light eyes.
When I was a very young boy, my parents were involved in the civil rights movement.
Because of this, most of the white kids were not allowed to play with me, so I played with the black kids.