Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art.
Saw this guy just after we ate- people would walk up to him, hand over some change and spit out some words, and his fingers would begin to fly. I was too intimidated to ask him for a poem, but Sarah bought two, for $3 each- “Indecision” and “Age”. Indecision was for me, and read as follows:
“Perhaps she’ll love the green of Portland
Flowing off into the hills
Where again I learned to feel
Or maybe the crowded hive of New York
Buzzing into the seam of morning and night
Or the path not yet displayed
and I am lost in so many ways
Like Carolyn’s smile in Ireland
I can contemplate again and again
But knowing is just a thought back to when.
July 1, 2012”
Dude looks kinda weird to me, but ole girl!
*aheem* can you find yourself in my bed and between my…
all that is perfection.
ladies, I suggest you step back if you know what’s good for you.
Idris and I got a good thing going on, ain’t nothing gonna come between us.
Good gravy my man looks GOOD!
Light skin privilege equals to:
- Being standard of beauty in the Black and Latino community.
- Being called Black based on the antebellum era one drop rule.
- Being racially ambiguous.
- People automatically assuming you are mixed and that is seen as a positive attribute.
- Being allowed to recognize the variety of your racial/ethnic heritage without ridicule.
- Within African American culture being called a “redbone” is regarded as a compliment while being called “darkskin” is considered derogatory.
- Telling you that someone prefers your skin color instead of dark skin is a compliment.
- Having light color eyes and no one assumes they are contacts.
- Can color, dye, relax, or weave your hair without it being seen as an act of self-hate.
- The assumption that your relaxed hair and chemically processed curls are your natural texture.
- Tanning and when the tan fades and not being accused of skin bleaching.
- Going to a makeup artist and having no problem matching your skin tone.
- Not being told that, “You are pretty for a dark skin girl.”
- Not being told to stay out the sun.
- Your skin color being valued by some who purposely wants to erase their ethnicity and hates their own skin color.
- Being able to marry someone of another race because it is a product of love and not being accused of racial disloyalty.
- Be recognized as a symbol of post racism.
- Having the ability to deny that colorism exists.
- Having the ability to deny racism exist because your skin color is proof of it.
- It is assumed that you are race neutral when issues of race are raised.
- It is assumed that you are more enlightened on issues of racism because of your racial and ethnic background.
- It is automatically assumed that you are more intelligent than members of your racial group.
- Not being seen as angry.
- Being considered less threatening by the Eurocentric mainstream based on the color of your skin.
- People not making the assumption that you grew up poor unlike your dark skin counterparts.
- The belief that a dark skin person marrying you is considered marrying up.
- Taking advantage of skin color privilege depending upon the situation. For example, applying for scholarships for African Americans and Latinos and later passing for other than a minority.
- You have a better chance of landing a job than a darker person with the same credentials.
- Your relatives had access to Black sororities, fraternities, and other organizations that promoted intraracism.
- Images are reflected in all forms of Black and Latino owned media.
- People who look like you rarely portray the stereotypical maid, downtrodden, Sapphire, and dysfunctional Black women roles on television.
- You always play the Black and Latino wife on television.
- Being able to be biracial, multiracial, or light skin and still play a Black, Asian, Latino and White person on television when people of a darker hue cannot.
- Not being reminded all the time that you are not valued.
- Not having people in entertainment making songs or comments disrespecting your skin color.
- If you are light skin Latino you don’t have to prove it.
- If you are a light skin Latino it is automatically assumed that you speak Spanish.
- You or your family have much more likely have immigrated to America leaving your darker skin counterparts behind.
- You have better opportunities for education and jobs prospects.
- You will see that light skin Latinos are recognized in every aspect of life while Afro Latinos, who are the majority in some countries, are ignored.
Although I am neither dark nor light skinned (though have been accused of both in different circles), this color hatred is antiquated & ridiculous. Can we stop the self-hate?? Sidenote to any Black men is this an issue for y’all too because in my experience (as a woman) the dark skin hate is usually directed at women.
Harry Bliss submitted this sketch in 1997 in response to Mayor Giuliani’s reluctance to investigate the police who tortured Haitian immigrant Abner Louima — but, unfortunately, this picture stands the test of time and still resonates clearly today. [excerpted from Blown Covers]
Only 15 years ago? Seems like yesterday… and still, nothing changes.