The image of mine “Two Sides To Every Story” was just recently turned into a meme. The text combined with my selfie pic has created a lot of dialogue raising some important questions on race and beauty. To see some of the comments from people all over the country, click on the top photo.
Here are some of my favorites:
“Ignorance at it’s finest.”-Nikki Brown-Byrant.
“I’m proud that God made me dark skin.”-Taneshia N.Wynn
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are beautiful women in all races of people and some not so attractive in all races. If everyone looked the same, the world would be a boring place.” – Brenda Bethune
“I hear it all too often…you are pretty to be black (dark skinned) girl!! But the people that say it doesn’t even realize that this stigma stems back all the way to slavery…when our ancestor had children by slave owners.” – April Lucas
Do we know that true beauty is determined by the content of one’s character and not his or her skintone? Too often, I see our youth using this ignorant way of thinking and it’s very upsetting, to say the least. I’ve been working mainly as a sub teacher in the public school district lately, and I see where some students hashtag #teamlightskin #teamdarkskin in their instagram and twitter bios. They don’t even realize they’re perpetuating the same ideals of Willie Lynch, that was intended to hurt our race for generations to come. And when I try to talk to them about it, many of them just shrug it off, make a joke and go to the next simple thing to talk about. THAT’S THE SCARY PART…
How do I get through to them?