“Who’s The Fairest of Them All”

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jill Nelson’s “Who’s the Fairest of Them All?” and the documentary “Dark Girls” brought up an issue that I did not even know existed. I had no idea that African American’s were judged based on how dark or light their skin was. I am absolutely appalled that this petty discrimination actually exists. Through all of the cruel acts in African American history from Slavery to Civil Rights, how can African American’s judge other African American’s on their color of skin? For all of the horrible things that happened through slavery, how can this judgment go on within their own race especially? Different races have discriminated against each other for years, but now it has gotten so bad that people within their own race can’t even have the right skin color. The obsession with “white beauty in a black face” and “marrying up” means that nothing Martin Luther King Jr. stood for was even heard. ALL people are meant to be equal; men, women, African American, white, Asian, Hispanic, pink, blue, orange were all meant to be equal. That’s what Civil Rights have fought for all these years.

The fact that African American women feel “ugly, outside, irrelevant, invisible” is horrible and demeaning. I personally am white, and go tanning quite a bit to always be dark. Whose dominant opinion even matters! Why is whiteness even considered the beauty norm? How did white even become the dominant color? I am a Psychology major and am constantly analyzing studies where children of all races are asked whether the African American doll or the white doll is smarter and prettier. Both African American and whites chose the lighter skinned doll. Our society raises even children to believe that the difference in skin color defines whom a person is. African Americans are not just black anymore they are dark skinned and light skinned. Whoever looks whiter is prettier. Africa Americans make the effort to have long smooth hair and a thin nose to look whiter. Self image and whiteness needs to stop taking over the world!! This is ridiculous!


Side note: In my opinion Tiana from “Princess and the Frog” is much prettier than Snow White in these Disney movies! (Tiana is African American for non-Disney lovers). And Tiana is dark skinned!


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