Just a few nights ago, congratulations were in order for Kodak Black. Black Twitter went crazy with the news of his release from prison. Ironically this celebration came only days after black twitter dragged him through the mud for the release of his song, “Don’t Want No Black Bitch.” In the lyrics, Black adamantly states his reasoning for not wanting a dark-skin woman. “I’m already black, don’t want no black bitch.” (So unfortunate, right?)
Now I don’t know about you all, but I am no stranger to this kind of talk. I’ve been dark-skin all of my life, and I’ve just about heard it all, yet I still found myself shaking my head.
Kodak Black’s lyrics are just an example of the type of colorism we experience in the black community. While some may feel that Kodak Black is only stating his preference or attraction to lighter tones, this isn’t the case. The problem is that his dark-skin mixed with someone else’s dark-skin is an issue for him. In the world of Kodak Black, and many other men two dark-skin people should not date one another. Hence his reasoning for not wanting a “black bitch.”
Is it silly? Yes. Is it believable? As Twitter dragged Kodak Black through the ringer for the rest of the evening, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What is going on in Kodak Black’s mind that he believe a woman with the same complexion as his, is not beautiful? “
Even with the high levels of cultural awareness, community involvement, and black lives matter campaigning, colorism continues to be an issue. While, we may have moved beyond the paper bag test (in a literal sense), figuratively our community still struggles with issues of lighter vs. darker skin color.
We hear it in our music. We see it in our social media. I can’t be the only woman who has noticed a large amount of attraction to photos of dark-skin women that are seemingly oily, shiny, and nearly nude. (Think Keshia from Belly.) And of course, it doesn’t just affect dark -skin men and women. Light-skin people are victims of colorism as well. Particularly light-skin men.
As much as I love Charlemagne the God, I cringe when he calls DJ Envy “a waffle colored negro.” And while yes the memes may be funny, there’s nothing funny about believing all light-skin men are emotional. I could go on and on with examples, but every person of color is aware of these issues. See the thing about colorism, is that it is worldwide. It’s on our televisions, it’s in our schools, it’s in our communities, on our jobs, and ultimately in our minds.
So how do we change it? How do we work to change the behavior of judging one skin color over another? How do we remove the racial stigma that has been placed upon us by society, yet perpetuated by our daily conversation and behaviors? If the current racial climate doesn’t force us to love and appreciate one another, what will?
Did you know that if every single race was wiped off of the planet, and only the people of Africa remained, they could recreate each genetic code that is found in today’s society? Do you understand what this means? It means that they could create multiple shades, multiple hair colors, various eye colors, just as we see today.
You see this is the beauty of being a person of color. As Jesse Williams stated in his heartfelt humanitarian speech, “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.” Light-skin, dark-skin, whatever skin, we are all beautiful and were wonderfully created. Our outward reflection does not begin to reveal the true beauty of our legacy. We are more than light-skin and dark-skin. We are magical. Let’s work together to remove the stigma of colorism from our community, by loving and appreciating the magic that we possess. Let us celebrate all of our tones, because while our outward appearance may be different, the magic that exists in each of us is the same.
Written by Michaela Phelps, Staff Writer #MyGirlSquad
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