Light Girls: All tears and no solutions.
What did I think about Light Girls? Chile!
It was nothing but mostly famous and wealthy brown skin women, who want to be light, complaining about how unfair their life is/was because they are privileged.
Here is how it went. For the first 30 minutes, they touched on how light skin came from slave rape and of course the racist one drop rule. Those points were valid.
The next 30 minutes was about how they had to act “blacker.” Whatever that means because that sounds racist as heck and how bad they were treated. Here is a summary. The evil, mean, jealous and ugly dark skin girls treated them bad, so lets ignore the systematic racism, intraracism, colorism and misogynoir dark skin women endure and just focus on how we light skin privileged girls feel.
Next they discussed global skin bleaching and how Black men preferred light skin women. Ask yourself why? Because there is privilege in light skin, but lets pretend that’s not real. We see this on Twitter, in the Black media and in rap videos. Nothing new.
It closes with the unity touchy feely part. You know, how those evil, mean, jealous and ugly dark skin girls should feel good, tell yourselves you are pretty, and how we are all Black so lets pretend we are treated the same. Basically putting the onus on the people who are on the victims of their light skin privilege. Sounds familiar? Like Dark Girls, it offered no solid solutions and it did nothing to address structural intraracial inequalities.
Look, feeling good won’t solve this. Talking about it won’t solve it. Taking action and ending light skin privilege will solve it. If we really want Black unity, we must end light skin privilege. Everything else, like this documentary is nothing but talk.
Unlike “Light Girls” here are examples of privilege and 11 real ways to end light skin privilege starting now.
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