This is me. Dark skin with locs. Two things I love but two things I believe Black women discriminate against amongst each other. Let me put this in perspective for you.
Dark Skin VS Light Skin. Unfortunately in the Black community there has become a split between the shades of color that make our community beautiful. As you can see i’m dark-skinned and I love my shade but as a child I remember hearing negative comments about being dark-skinned. Other black female children would say dark skin is ugly and light skin is better. As I get older I still realize the discrimination Black women have amongst each other. There’s “#teamdarkskin” and “#teamlightskin” and all these other things that separate Black women from each other. Even the media takes part in this negativity by lightening dark-skinned models and glamourizing lighter skin shades instead of being equally positive about all the beautiful shades of Black women!
Another thing that is becoming a problem is what I call “The Battle of the Hair”. In our culture we have two basic choices of hair which is natural hair and chemically relaxed hair. In the last couple years I’d say that many Black women have decided to grow their hair out naturally. I would think this would bring positivity but in some ways it has brought negativity. It seems to be dividing women because some women believe their choice of hair is better instead of encourage diversity through hair in our culture.
These are issues that I’m hoping will dissolve in the future because ALL Black women are beautiful no matter what shade your skin is or the way you decide to wear your hair. This may be cliché to say but beauty is only skin deep. The thing that makes a woman beautiful is what’s on the inside and as Black women we need to encourage each other and remind each other of our inner and outer beauty so we can become a stronger community.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the treads of that tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.Maya Angelou