Angie L. Braden: Is there any point in making the “Light Girls” documentary?

Published On December 27, 2014 | By Admin | Amazing black women, Extraordinary women, The latest posts

Light Girls Scheduled to Premier on OWN in January

By Angela L. Braden

It appears that Bill Duke is not finished hashing out the social implications and different experiences of dark and light skin women in America. On January 19th, Light Girls will premier on OWN.

In this sequel to Dark Girls, Bill Duke examines the benefits and disadvantages of light skin girls and women in America.

Honestly, I’m trying to figure out what will be said in this documentary that hasn’t been said over and over again when the subject of “color” is brought up.

We all know that dark skin girls have been traditionally taught to think they are not pretty as light skin girls. We all know that light skin girls were thought of as been stuck up and uppity. Again, what will be said in this documentary that hasn’t already been said?

It appears to me that Light Girls is yet another documentary for black folk to complain and fuss about who was and still is a bigger victim than the other. Personally, I am tired of the “My scars are bigger than your scars.” discussions on this subject.

The truth is that all of us, whether you are light skin or dark skin, are wounded by what white supremacy has done to our self image, self love, and self acceptance.

So, what are we going to do about it now?

I vote that instead of crying and whimpering about who has been hurt or privileged the most because of color, we demand that black folks make a commitment to love and celebrate the beauty of blackness. Our blackness comes in all hues. And there is no better time than now to tell each other that they are beautiful.

I’m a member of an Afro-Louisiana family that has individuals that are light bright damn near white to dark as ebony. The beautiful thing about my family is that we were all taught we were beautiful, no matter what skin color we were, the color of the person’s eyes, or the texture of the hair.

The answer to this light skin verses dark skin problem is love and kindness. Again, let’s make a commitment to love and celebrate each other’s beauty.

And let’s also make a commitment to forgive. Just because your grandmamma treated you differently because you were a certain skin color does not mean that you should hold that against everyone. Just because your first boyfriend broke up with you to get with that girl that was another skin color does not mean that you should hold that against every man.

Forgive them. Forgive yourself. Stop exchanging “war stories” from the battlefield of light verses dark, and let’s move on.

We are all beautiful! Someone do a documentary on that!!!!!!!!



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