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TEAM LIGHT SKIN VS TEAM DARK SKIN BY TIFFANY L. RILEY

   TEAM LIGHT SKIN VS TEAM DARK SKIN

 For generations it seems within the black race we have been at war with each other.  While we have heard and maybe even said jokes about LIGHT SKINNED black people VS DARK SKINNED black people, it’s still a very sensitive subject to discuss. For some people who may not be aware of this situation let me take it back a few hundred years.

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Back in the days of slavery, light skinned and dark skinned black people lived separately.  One who had a lighter skin tone was able to live in the house with their white master and at times would be considered “WHITE”.  The other that had a darker skin tone was forced to live outside in their shed quarters (which normally would be the back of their Master’s home). 

Now of course as we all know “The Master” at times would be intimate with the black women slaves with a darker skin tone, and some would get pregnant by their master.  If the children were born with a lighter skin tone they were allowed to live in the house with their master (technically their father).  The children that were born with a darker skin tone would have to live outside with their mother in the shed quarters. 

So as you can see this probably set the tone for how the black race is so divided today.   NOW FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT!!!!!

We are still in the beginning of 2014 and continue to deal with this issue.  You see more and more black women and some black men bleaching their skin to be a lighter complexion.  Some of the black women say they bleach their skin for cosmetic reasons, while some say they do it because they feel a lighter skin tone will get them further in life.

It’s really hard to turn your head and ignore this when so many black celebrities are doing it.  Some black celebrities come into the industry with a dark skin tone and end up one or two shades lighter a few years later.  What is it really all about??……

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                            LIL KIM (ABOVE)   

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                       NICKI MINAJ (ABOVE)

                                    SAMMY SOSA (BELOW)

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                                  BEYONCE (BELOW)

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         Now why would these celebrities do this to themselves?   What examples are they setting for today’s youth?  Are they trying to say that “LIGHT SKIN IS THE RIGHT SKIN?”  If you want my opinion, it’s a very horrible message to display and is furthest from the truth.

         I myself am a black woman.  I’m not light skinned or dark skinned.   I would say I’m a brown girl stuck in the middle of this everlasting feud!!!!!! For what I’ve seen over the years, both sides get judged very harshly.  I’ve seen light skinned girls make fun of the dark skinned girls by calling them “blackies”, “ghetto”, or “ugly” because of the color of their skin.  I have also seen dark skinned girls talk really bad about light skinned girls by saying that they were “stuck up” or acted like they were “white”…….YEAH I KNOW IT’S RIDICULOUS AND IGNORANT!!!!!!

            I’ve seen light skinned and dark skinned black men talk bad about each other too.   It’s so stupid to me because whether you are light skinned or dark skinned, you are still BLACK.  Instead of feuding within our race we need to come together as one.   There are much bigger issues in the world to tackle and resolve; worrying about skin color should be the least of our problems.  Will there ever be any compromise on this issue?  Will we ever be united?  I don’t know and to be real with you all, it might just take another few hundred years to get the answer to that question.  The bottom line is…………….

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, NO MATTER WHAT SHADE IT COMES IN!!

           

           

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