'Dark Girls' Documentary Response From a Light Skin Viewer
Last night's (June 23) Dark Girls documentary revealed a conversation that often goes ignored: colorism within the black community. It's a subject matter that's larger than what most of us realize and Dark Girls dug to the core of the issue.
As a Black woman with a lighter complexion, I was taken aback by the amount of women that battle with the issue of color. On Instagram one of Vixen's followers commented, “the same debate over and over again… for many years now… I don’t see the point of it anymore.” While listening to the radio this morning, a talk show host commented that she couldn’t relate to the documentary because she never had to deal with the comments on her complexion, she was also of lighter skin.
Bill Duke's documentary also revealed that our black men divide us, with one man saying “dark skin women tend to be more evil” and another saying that a "light skin woman can’t be a pharaoh or a queen." On the flip side, white men love black women. Should we confine ourselves to men outside our race for fear of being judged?
The most upsetting part of the documentary was the little girls views of themselves, “I don’t like to be called black” said one little girl who is her mother’s darkest child. I'm an aunt to two beautiful little girls who just happened to be of a darker skin complexion; if the day ever comes that I have to address this issue with either one of them, my heart will break. It doesn't matter that my family never defines us by a color scale, but we can’t (immediately) change the media or her peers comments.
The documentary also addressed the media’s portrayal of black beauty primarily including lighter women like Beyoncé and Halle Berry. As a result, Black women are bleaching their skin, hating themselves, and perpetuating the stigma to their offspring.
This issue is far from over, but it’s time for us to begin to take responsibility to fix it. What are you doing to change the perception?