Dark Skin: Queen Raise Ya Head High!
I am called often a "REDBONE" which I shrug off often because it doesn't define who I am as a Woman of color. I am proud to be a African American (Black) Woman. Yet sadly it is true that within the Black community, yes our own are divided on what is deemed to be considered a beautiful skin tone. The other day my baby sister, who is the lightest of us girls stated that she wishes we (her sisters) were lighter because then she wouldnt feel like the lightest one. I was shocked that this is how our baby sister viewed her three eldest sisters. I told simply that she was "BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY SHE WAS". There are many a times she wishes she were darker she would later say in the convo, hence why she always wants a tan come Summer time.(FOLLOW ON BELOW)
I came upon this video,which has had online buzz going crazy and I was sadden by the horrific details that these Black women have revealed in this documentary about themselves in this society. The saying goes "The Darker The Berry, The sweeter the Juice" I laugh at that cause that is how I like my men, but our women seem to believe otherwise. As result of being heckled as children, to media dictating what's "pretty" and our own Black men pushing upon them that they are ugly, it resonants a deep detail into how these women have lived their lives being the "Dark Girl". I admire the different shades of my Black women and their features, do they not know they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the Creator's image? Do they not understand they are the hidden rubies/gems of the Nile? Have they not read upon their history as Queens that men across nations adorn? I can relate to the pain these women suffered,I myself questioned my skin color when my father placed me in an all Caucasian fourth grade class. I was the only Black girl there and had no idea what was the deal. I later grew friends but I was still the "Black girl" in the classroom. Media and Slavery have contributed to how African Americans view us. In every culture there is something they dont like about themselves, but that shouldnt be. However it is natural to be insecure, but I encourage you women to be confident. I say my Sisters do not be ashamed of the "Glow" which you wear daily that is your skin! Ladies hold your head high and smile, you are a Queen.