There is no such thing as “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned”. Often times self-loathing American Negros ask me silly questions involving the terms “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned”. I respond telling them “Non-existent”.
Them: Hey Original Lady. What do you think about light-skinned people? Do you think they’re stuck up and think they’re better than dark-skinned people?
Me: There is no such thing as “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned”, only race.
Them: Whatchu mean by that?
Me: I classify individuals as their race, not as their skin tone.
Then I show them this chart….
Now many people will look at this confused and ask “Well Lady Original, what is this supposed to mean?”
In this world, you are either Black, or you’re non-Black; which means Mulatto, White, Asian, Aborigine, Arab, Mestizo, Taino, Pacific islander, or Native American, etc.
There is no such race as “Light” or “Dark”.
It’s simple. Often times, when an African-American refers to someone as “light-skinned” it’s someone who is far from Black. There’s a scary trend going on lately where Black people in America will call any living creature that walks, Black, and simply refer to it as “light-skinned”.
The problem with using those terms is that it implies that anyone/anything which it applies to is Black and thus causes confusion for Africans when it comes to racial classification.
A year ago, at a fashion show practice, the director, a BLACK (not dark-skinned) woman, asked me to hand something to someone for her. I said “Who?” She said, the “Light-skinned dude.”. I look around puzzled as it was 7 Black People; me, her, and 5 Haitians, two white girls, a white boy, and a Mestizo. She then points to the Mexican and I correct her and say “He is Mexican, not ‘light-skinned.'” As expected she didn’t understand.
“Light-Skinned” is not a term that should not be used when referring to non-Africans/Blacks as they are not our “lighter” counterparts, but instead, completely different races.
And the other way around, non-Blacks with darker skin tones are not Black just because they have a bit of color to their skin.
Using the terms “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned” makes one sound very uneducated. It really irks me to hear “conscious” Black folks still using these terms.
What’s even worse is hearing folks in their 60s who are referred to as “Elders” in the “conscious” community saying this nonsense. It’s like hearing a 30 year old saying “I need to go to the potty to pee pee.” It really shows that the person has not matured intellectually nor emotionally.
When the Elders/Leaders of a race speak so backwards, it shows the state of that Race.
I don’t classify individuals as a skin tone, I classify them as race.