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 tone, and 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!