Internalized Racial Beauty-Shaming 

I love the infinite shades of a woman’s skin. 

There are so many different pigments and highlights; all are beautiful. From pink pale to blue-black, every shade should be uplifted for its uniqueness, not broken and shamed. 

As a Black woman, I cannot ignore the Memes and cyber bullying against women who are dark-skin. 

Although this infuriates me, it also makes me question, how we as Black women allow this form of internalized racism to continue?

How could a black woman bully another black woman because her skin tone is darker? 

How can you hate your own race?

This concern is deeply rooted in African-American history. During slavery, slave masters’ purposefully placed Africans in certain positions based on their skin tone. House slaves had typically had a lighter skin toneand darker slaves worked the fields. 

Our generations have come and gone, and yet we continue to perpetuate the idea that one shade is better than the other. 

Defy the bias that being dark skin means being less-than or ugly.

Now, we are using social media as an outlet for bullying. 

I have seen countless Memes that target dark-skin women, saying that they are ugly, look like roaches or ants; are less-than compared to light skin Black girls

Being color blind is a myth… 

We cannot help but to see color, but we can see the value in every shade and defy discrimination and bullying against those who are a different skin color or shade than your own. 

Place value on the multiple shades within your own race by uplifting, supporting, and educating yourself and others on your biases and their own. 

Be an advocate for change and stop internalized racial beauty-shaming. 

Love every shade, including your own! 

Pinkspen 💋


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Ta'lor Pinkspen

Welcome ladies and gentlemen! This is Ta'lor Pinkspen, BA|MSW|SFW, Inspirational Blogger for women, Poet, Prospective Self-love Coach, Feminist, Equality Advocate, and Women & Family Therapist My blog focuses on Women's Empowerment, Beauty Standards, Body Positivity, Motherhood, Healthy Relationships, College girls and Equality. LADYHOOD journey seeks to uplift all women and promote self-love. LADYHOOD journey challenges social concerns like body shaming, beauty standards, racial and gender discrimination, in order to empower women to be advocates and to incorporate self-love into their journey. I want women and all my readers to leave my site feeling uplifted, supported, and empowered in every stage of life. I love to spend time with my daughter, going to local bars and restaurants with family & friends, online shopping, photography, writing poetry, sipping Chia Tea or Iced Coffee, sitting on my porch while drinking a glass of dry red wine or dark beer, and listening to music from artists like Chance the Rapper, SZA, Pentatonix, H.E.R, Alessia Cara, Sabrina Claudio, Jhene Aiko, Frank Ocean, Coldplay, and Kings of Leon.

18 thoughts on “Internalized Racial Beauty-Shaming 

  1. I knew that people of dark skin are bullied but I did know that even they are categorized into a little lighter and a little darker. I don’t understand such people. I agree with you, ever women is beautiful in her own way and the color of her skin cannot decide that.

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  2. I just feel sick about the whole idea cuz it goes beyond media. it starts right in some black homes, treating the lighter complexion with more dexterity than the darker. Black is beauty #notoskincleaching

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    1. Yes ma’am….it definitely starts with us parents teaching our children to value all humans, no matter thier skin color or complexion. True value in your statement and I thank you for sharing 👏

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  3. The hardest thing always is to learn to appreciate oneself. When one starts to do this, one starts to appreciate others too.
    You know this, you are already involved in appreciating the beauty of others and I salute you for it.
    If one cannot start to genuinely appreciate oneself, one shames and criticizes others. It is just lack of self value projected.
    Thank you for calling it out.

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