Do Black People Discriminate Against Dark Skin and Natural Hair?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I spent time watching a trailer for the film "Dark Girls," directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry.  Oddly enough, the clip was sent to me by a friend of mine who has spent her life being praised for being "light skinned-ed" and having the long, flowing hair of a black Marilyn Monroe.   She eventually married a tall, dark man, leading me to wonder if she feels any guilt for receiving preferential treatment over something that should never have mattered at all.





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4 responses to “Do Black People Discriminate Against Dark Skin and Natural Hair?

  1. SapphiresMomma

    To indicate (Dr.Watkins) that your “friend” may have guilt so she married a dark skinned man is just foolish.

    Also, in my opinion you have given your readers another “let’s rile up the negros” foolishness. Would you think that a woman who has always been with tall men but married a short man (like yourself) did so because she felt guilt? Please stop with these “baiting”, foolish headlines.

    Colorism is a real issue among black people, and the Dark Girls Docu/Film clearly shows us how hurtful it can be. It is a documentary that needed to be done, because it is an issue that starts right in many of our homes.

    I doubt that your “friend” married the dark skinned man simply because his skin was dark, and she felt guilty. If you check it out the majority of light skinned black women are with men that are of a darker hue than they are.

    Most responsible, mature, healthy, grounded women marry men whom they love, not because of skin color.

    The bottom line is that no matter what our skin color, people of color all row in the same boat. Both hues have suffered.

    It may have had it’s roots in slavery, but it is up to us to end it!

  2. Claudia

    I agree 100% with you. For years I colored and permed my hair and even wore extentions to try to look beautiful. Now I wear my hair natural and I love it. It saves me money plus my hair is more healthier. We as black women have to start accepting who we really are and how God has created us to be. Natural blackness is beautiful, I understand that the media and magazines has given so much credit to the white women in what beautiful suppose to look like. It has almost destroyed our race of people mentality. Here we have black men chasing after white women because they yet havent really accepted their blackness and they feel that the white women are more attractive then blacks so they rather boost the white women up in this society and reject the black sister who has birth them into this world. Which has left black women and thier kids desolate and alone.

  3. Claudia

    We as a society of African Americans must learn to embrace our own race in acknowleging what real beauty is. Its nothing wrong with being diverse. Its educational. But it becomes a big problem with our black race when we no longer accepts the fact that we are just as beauttiful as the white women. Beauty is always from within and flows outward. As we go through life let us not become photo copies of what we think beautiful is but actually be beautiful naturally.

  4. Victoria Rowels


    Copyright by Victoria Rowels ©2011

    Young black slaves with beautiful dark skin,
    Violated by white masters again and again.
    They had white women to whom they were publicly wed.
    But they preferred to rape black women in the slave shed.

    A painful history we all want to forget,
    But we can’t because of the children born of it.
    Their hues range from black to white,
    With hair sometimes straight and other times tight.

    Evidence of a crime and justice never received.
    Centuries have passed and yes, we still grieve.
    But we must love the black rainbow that we have become.
    We are the original hue-mans and should unite as one.

    From the middle passage to every denied civil right,
    We make the best of our trying plight.
    But brainwashed to hate our African origin,
    We began to hate our beautiful black skin.

    From European standards of beauty to the paper bag test,
    We have been encouraged to take part in a self-hate fest.
    Now is the time to stop this genocidal game.
    God loves us all and we should do the same.

    A young black girl wanted to be fine.
    She bought hazel contact lens and now she’s blind.
    Some black women put glue in their hair,
    To hold long straight weaves that blow in the air.

    We shouldn’t do destructive things like that.
    We are a beautiful people and that’s a fact.
    Sisters and brothers we must love our natural state.
    We must love the black rainbow and stop all the hate.

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