Monday, June 24, 2013

Dark Girls~ Is There A Solution To Color Hatred?

For some women, being a dark skinned woman is a problem. For some men, dating a dark skinned woman is a problem. It is being discussed over and over, but is there a solution to the color hatred?

Dark Girls, the documentary produced by D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke, premiered on OWN network for the first time. This was also the documentary's debut on television. Two years ago Dark Girls started it's circulation throughout film festivals and at the same time sparked up a non-ending topic.

The topic revolves around a majority of people hating dark skinned women, including women. It explores how most men (in the documentary) prefer lighter skin when picking their significant others. It also explores how many women grew up thinking their skin was too dark. They thought if they were lighter, they'd receive more love. To push this topic further, the doll test is shown where the black girl chooses the white doll. This little girl would rather not be black at all.

Dark Girls makes us all feel some type of way. As the documentary was being shown last night, some people via twitter started to recognize the problem for the first time. Others reminisced on when they first realized society might have a problem with a darker skin tone. Some were just angry because the documentary is produced by men and is very one-sided. Where are the women who love their dark skin? Where are the men who love dark skin women for beauty?

There is one man in the documentary who wants to marry a dark skin woman because she'll look like him. However, that's like D. L. Hughley marrying a black woman and raising black daughters. He still doesn't like black women. (He said this)

This Dark Girls documentary raises many questions. However, there is one that needs a huge answer. Will there ever be a solution to color hatred?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love my dark skin. It's what I was born in and what I have grown to appreciate. If a dark skin woman is not a man's type, I don't want him to date her (or me). However, don't put us down because our skin is different from the next group of women.

1 comment :

  1. I feel like I need to see this documentary. It may make upset at the paper bag people.