My sister and I are doing a project on colorism in the Black community, specifically ages 14 - 16. Participants were asked to rank each woman (light skinned, brown skinned & dark skinned) “A”, “B”, or “C” with “A” being the best, “C” the least best. I honestly can’t say I’m surprised with the results. Internalized racism is REAL! I want to be upset with them, but I can’t. They’ve been conditioned to think this way, so much that it is completely normal. It’s a sad thing to see a black boy call a girl who is the same shade as him ugly. She just gotta be lighter, a plus if she is dark beige with long straight hair or that 3b curl, not that there is nothing wrong with a girl like that cause all Black girls are beautiful. But, it just makes me feel like things won’t ever get better and God knows I’m praying for a change. I mean who is gonna love me, a dark skinned girl with curly kinky hair and then I’m fat as well. I defy all European standards of beauty. And if all of them in my generation have this mindset, there is no hope for me. I’ll be alone forever then. But that’ll be better then being with someone who’ll wish I was anything but who I am and who only can see my exterior, not what’s on the inside… Sorry for the rambling… But I just had to confess.
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