Amongst the black culture there is a both spoken and unspoken prejudice. How can the most scrutinized and discriminated race also scrutinize and discriminate against one another so well? Light skin Vs. darker skinned individuals seem to believe the lighter your complexion, the more successful you will be. Dating back to slavery times it was suggested that lighter skinned slaves were often kept in the house and used as concubines and maids, while darker family members tended to the fields. The Willie Lynch Letter makes it clear that with this Tinker-bell Effect implemented skin color can be believed to hold value even though they are ALL STILL NIGGERS.
Fast forward some 400 years and here we are still divided as a people, just as the Willie Lynch Letter suggested. A system labeled the “paper bag complex” meaning if your skin was lighter than a brown paper bag you were considered “light skinned”. It was often assumed that if you were of a lighter complexion somewhere in your family you had a Caucasian ancestor. This also still seems to hold value till this day.
I heard someone compliment Kelly Rowland, Sabrina Williams, Venus Williams, Mary J. Blige and Lupita Nyong’o as “pretty for dark skinned women”. This to me suggest that dark skin women aren’t usually beautiful. As 2020 drones on through a pandemic, quarantine, election, economic crisis, government shutdown it is MORE THAN BRILLIAINT that BLACK WOMEN of all shades have been showing the hell out!!!! I am in awe at some of the gorgeous and handsome individuals coming out of the woodwork with nothing but sheer elegance and beauty! I love that BLACK is actually IN for ONCE! Instead of us hiding and segregating each other based on whoever can define how BLACK, BLACK actually is!