Skin Deep

Tameka Foster RaymondTameka Raymond speaks on intra-racial hatred and standards of beauty in a recent article she wrote for The Huffington Post.  In her article, “She’s Pretty for A Dark-Skinned Girl…” she talks about the perceptions and rejections that dark-skinned African American women have to face throughout their lives.  Unfortunately in 2009 skin color is still an issue for many. I’m sure some of you have heard this “compliment” if not directed at you, perhaps someone else.  It always amazes me that people actually have the nerve to say it and not understand how insulting it really is.    Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“I am a dark-skinned African American woman with features that reflect my ancestry. Debates regarding Light vs. Dark and other biases have plagued our race for years and continues to impact millions of Black women. The deeply rooted intra-racial contempt that lies beneath this inane “compliment” is the reason I’ve chosen to spark dialogue surrounding the topic of self-hatred in our culture. It saturates every aspect of our lives, dominating the perspectives of our generation as a whole.”

“It was said in the 1960s and the sentiment seems to be forgotten, “Black is Beautiful.” Wow, nearly 50 years later and is that now only meant for a specific shade? Nonetheless, I believe the beauty of our people and splendor of every individual is reflected in our varying features and hues.”

The color struck are being called out.  You can read the full article here.  Your thoughts?

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2 Responses to “Skin Deep”

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    Get Togetha — August 20, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    I do believe that colorism has affected Tamika’s life to a degree but we all have something about ourselves that people will pick on and make light out of if you allow yourself to get sensitive over it.

    This subject gets a huge back and forth in the blogosphere but black is black. I always say that Halle Berry is the poster-child for light skin beauty. She’s been on Ebony Mag’s cover 29 times. And we all want her beauty…but do we want her diabetes? Her domestic violence scuffles? Her humiliating experience of having a sex addicted philandering husband? Be careful what you wish for.

    People tend to forget that in spite of Halle’s beauty opening doors she’s still had to deal with life. And I guess that’s the point I’m trying to drive. We have to live our lives and not care about what anyone else thinks and we’ve got to stop using other people’s measuring sticks to define ourselves. The perception is that light skin people are lucky, more accepted and get more opportunity…could be true could be not; but will you let that stop you from reaching your dreams?


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    rdd — August 20, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    I Agree with you. Light-skinned, Dark-skinned, whatever you are we are all kin.