Sunday, September 5, 2010

Beauty and Black Folk

It's Sept.2010 and as a culture we are still fighting this notion of what is beautiful and what's not.
I still hear people use terms like good hair and high yellow and red bone,to discribe themselves or others.
That tells me that we as a culture still have a long way to go in understanding our history.
 The real secret to this life is not what grade of hair or what hue our skin is but,what's in our hearts.


Val said...

White supremacy is no joke. We have to work very hard to overcome it.

BigmacInPittsburgh said...

You are right Val it's a twenty-four-seven job many are not willing to engage!

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Ms. Camile said...

Man! I can really feel this post! over the past year my skin has significantly darkened to the point where it's the first thing people who haven't seen me in a while notice. I never realized how shallow I was and how stuck I was until I realized how deeply it was affecting me. I'm working on it though... It's all about continuously growing into a better person.

Thanks for your post and love on my blog! :)


Beauty and Health Editor said...

Well, the fact is some people are in that mindset because of the constant images they are bombarded with in the media. When some black people continue to worship light skin as though their life depended on it, and I can't count the amount of times people have told me "you have good hair". The real question is what IS good hair? Anyone can have good hair, good skin etc if they take care of themselves and eat healthy. Whaen I eat badly, my hair looks far from "good".

I remember when I was growing up, certain people advised me to use bleaching creams to "tone up" my skin. So, what they were trying to tell me is that I am not the complexion they want me to be....just damn ridiculous!

Some people are still in the slavery mentality, unfortunately.

Moanerplicity said...

So true, Mac. And sadly, it takes some people a lifetime to learn & embrace that reality.

I don't know any physically ugly people. But I've met some really internally hideous ones who would define the true meaning of ugly (even fugly)... and it had nothing to do w/ their hair or skin color.