“Light skinned” vs “Dark skinned” ♀

By: Alexis Becraft

By the age of about seven, I had already witnessed my father and grandmother being called “nigger lovers”. Likewise, I had been told by the Black side of my family that I was adopted because I was too “light skinned”. Though not every story is the same, many are similar coming from the “other” category--those stuck in the war between “light skinned” and “dark skinned.”  We witness these problems arise many times on social media platforms such as twitter or instagram, building the self hate within the black community to an all time high.  We also see a heavy presence of the fuel for this war within hip hop music. Popular rappers such as Lil Wayne who are known for preferring lighter skinned women have released lyrics like: “beautiful black woman, I bet that bitch look better red.” -Drake ft. Lil Wayne, Right Above It and “Talking to my silky smooth, dark skin, chocolate, women / Independent, this is y'alls anthem / I like them light skinned girls / But that dark skin I love / Chocolate girls stand up / This is y'alls anthem” -R. Kelly ft. Lil Jon,  Ms. Chocolate,  furthering this back and forth between Africana women.  We have more recently seen the push back in lyrics such as “A lot of shit we can’t get passed / Like dark or light skin when it’s just black” –Angel Haze, No Church In The Wild (Freestyle) or in the making of the video for Poetic Justice by Kendrick Lamar he was quoted tweeting: “Not Light "VS" Dark tho, more about “BALANCE”… Given every shade of woman life, not just what da industry thinks is “Hott” 4 the camera. When you put the term light “Vs” dark continues it as a BATTLE. My point 4 poetic was to spark the idea of making it an EQUAL”. Nonetheless, the fight to realize the very concept of equality between all beautiful shades of melanin still poses a large threat of separation within our community.

 

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