Don’t Blame Skin Bleaching, Blame Colorism and Dark Skin Stigmatization
Written by Tamara M. on 6 July 2016
Often in the black community, dark skin is seen as some kind of albatross where instead of it being celebrated as the beauty it is, it’s insulted, degraded and mocked. However, on the other hand, light skin is exalted, revered and put upon a pedestal. Especially when it comes to light-skinned women, which causes unnecessary and ridiculous comparisons and comptetion. Light-skinned women are often viewed as more lady-like, daintier, fairer (no pun intended), more intelligent, and of course, a better choice as a wife or girlfriend. Too often dark-skinned women have to hear how they’re “too black,” “unattractive,” or worse, “cute for a dark-skinned woman.”
In the midst of all of this, you have darker skinned black women who are so beat down by this psychological, emotional and social warfare that they may turn to skin bleaching to lighten themselves and their perception of themselves and especially others’ perceptions of them. We can sit here and attack skin bleaching, the manufacturers and those who dare venture into that world, but at the end of the day, we need to make a conscious effort to stop the root cause. We need to stop the colorism, stop the light vs. dark, stop stigmatizing dark skin as if it is a curse and embrace it as another beautiful black tone in the rainbow. Dark, medium, light or anything in between, we’re all black and we face a shared ancestry and background, so let the light vs. dark crap go.
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