There are people using bleach on their skin, staying inside to prevent any darkening, and calling people incredibly derogatory names - these still happen in 2012!!!
Why are people so influenced by outside forces? Why do I still have students who feel it is the ultimate dis to call some one "black as ______"? Why do I have to really work to make girls believe that their darker skin is beautiful? Why do I have to hear people say that "she's pretty, but she's too dark", or "she'd be cuter if she wasn't so dark", or "he's cute for a dark-skinned guy"? Why is calling someone "nappy" such an insult? Why do many brown people not realize that their hair would be a similar texture if they didn't put chemicals on it to permanently straighten it?
I is for India. Not the country, the person.
She is an artist who speaks so much wisdom in her words, and gives an awesome live performance.
The song that stands out to me right now is "Brown Skin". I'm not trying to push any black power on you or anything; beauty and seeing beauty where others don't is something that transcends all colors, genders, nationalities, etc.
|From the Dark Girls website|
We really need to work on this. It needs to come from all angles.
Brown people need to stop putting down people based only on their color.
White people (and brown people) need to not compliment people on their skin color or only identify the "lighter" brown people as being attractive.
The media needs to show people of various shades in all mediums.
And we all need to be able to boost our self-esteem so that we don't have to put down others for their genetics and so we don't think the photoshopped images we see are the norm.
We need to really embrace our beauty, just as India Arie does in this song, "I Am Not My Hair".