DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
Clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.
Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media
and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
Co-Produced by Bradinn French
Edited by Bradinn French
I am sepia colored, brown. As a child my complexion was considered neither good or bad among my peer group. However darker skinned people caught pure hell. Even in my family when I said I had a new girlfriend someone was going to ask was she one of those black ass girls. That hurt very badly because my first girlfriend was dark skinned and beautiful, but somehow I got the message something was wrong with me because I was attracted to dark girls.
Later in life as I examined this phenomena I asked myself this vital question, "If I could trade places with a dark skin person back then would I?" My answer was an unequivocal hell no. Not because I found the color unattractive or ugly, but I did not want to suffer the abuses of what I saw heaped upon them. My attempts to defend and try to counter the perception was met with severe ridicule. It was overwhelming and I internalized a deep resentment towards people who judged people like that. It is more twisted today then in was back in the mid to late 1960 and early 1970s. At least we had a black and proud mantra, at least sisters wore afros, but now, well I can't even begin to explain what happened. I do know the hip hop artists love to call them bitches and hoes for what it's worth. So which comes first the chicken or the egg?
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