Posted by: Candace
You won't find this word in many dictionaries, but it's basically discrimination against skin color. Colorism is common among the black race. For example when a person with a darker skin tone dislikes those with lighter skin tones. Colorism is believed to have begun as far back as the 1712 Willie Lynch Letter. The letter provided insights on how to play blacks against each other. The letter included statements like, "You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves," and "If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful of each other." All of which seems to still continue on today.
The brown paper bag test is another form of colorism. If you were darker than a brown paper bag you could be denied entrance into sororities, HBCU's, clubs, etc. If you were lighter than a brown paper bag you were considered beautiful.
Celebrities such as; Lil Wayne and Yung Berg, have expressed their dislike of darker skin women. Now don't get me wrong, every one is entitled to have their preference of men and women. We all are attracted to different attributes, but you don't have to put others down especially not those of your own race. There is enough against black people as it is from police brutality to the eradication of our history.
Below are quotes from celebrities that are examples of colorism:
Yung Berg: “I’m kinda racist … I don’t like dark butts …. You know how some women prefer light skin men or dark skin men. It’s rare that I do dark butts – that’s what I call dark-skinned women … I [don't date women] darker than me. I love the pool test. If you can jump in the pool exactly like you are and you don’t come out looking better than you looked before going in the pool – then that’s not a good look. Any woman that uses brown gel to set down her baby hair is not poppin’!!!”
Lil Wayne: “MY daughter is the first and last dark skin child I’m having. The rest of my baby moms [are] light skinned chicks. I even got an Asian baby moms to make sure I have a daughter with good hair. Too bad we had a son.”
What is so wrong with being black anyway? Even in the Bible, King Solomon loved him a black woman and yes she was dark skin. The King James Version of the Song of Solomon says this: "I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept." (Song of Solomon 1:5-6) This is the Shulamite woman describing herself. One version says, "I am DARK, but I am lovely." Okay!!! She knew she was all that!
The European ideas of beauty do not apply to us. They have people out here thinking that locs are unprofessional and ugly. That our afros are nappy and unkempt. Yet, they are trying to imitate us by getting locs, tanning, etc. It's sad that most of the hate comes from our own people. I can't count how many times I've heard a black person telling another black that they needed to cut their hair. Locs are also mentioned in the bible: "And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web." (Judges 16:13 KJV) "
It's really time to stop all this hating each other, stop the colorism, and the self hate. Beauty comes in all shades for sure. Black is beautiful whether it's dark, light, brown, mahogany, or cinnamon.
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