“Dark-Skinned” Advocacy Is Useless & Disrespectful

I have to ask you persmission to watch TV in My OWN house?”
-Lady Original

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There’s only ONE group of Black people, and those are people whose skin ranges from brown to jet black.  This whole idea of there being light-skinned/dark-skinned Black people is absolutely false.

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Imagine I’m an author/editor for National Geographic and I publish a magazine entitled “Tigers” and I use only pictures that resemble this…

tiger panther
We obviously know this is not what tigers look like…

 

Then Peta makes a magazine to counteract it entitled “Tigers With Orange and Black Stripes”…
tiger
You see how stupid that is?  Do you see where I’m going with this?

Black Beauty is typically represented by Mixbreed/Mulatto, Mexican, white, indian. Chinese & other non-Black women with the justification of anyone having at least 0.000000000001% of African blood in them makes them an African.

Then there is a SUB-CATEGORY, and by sub, I don’t only mean second, but sub also as in BELOW, since we’re considered below other races, titled “Dark-Skinned Black Beauties” with women whom are actually part of the African phenotype/genotype

Do you see what’s wrong with that?

Why are Black women, and Black people in general allowing ourselves to be a second subcategory WITHIN our own race?

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Image Typically Presented as Black Beauty
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“Dark-Skinned” Black Beauty

 

We’re too busy trying to compete with this “other” group of Black people that doesn’t really exist when we already are what makes the race what it is.

The reality of this whole faux “Colorism” issue is that WE’RE DOING THIS TO OURSELVES.  We’re doing this to ourselves by allowing Black to be defined by foreigners (via One-Drop Rule).  We wanna keep calling everybody Black, and in doing so, allow them to take the front line, only to cry and get upset when they get all the attention.

I don’t need to beg mixbreeds and halfbreeds and other races to be seen as relevant in MY own space.  I don’t need to “prove” that I’m “just as beautiful” as someone who is not even Black in a space dedicated to Black Beauties.  I am what makes Africans and therefore it is who truly represents African people.

Dark-skinned advocacy is just as dumb as asking a guest for permission to watch TV in your own house…hence the quote at the beginning of the article.

Black women are too busy trying to be just as noticeable as foreigners in our spaces when it’s already about us.

Stop begging to be seen as equal as non-Black females in entitled Black spaces when you already have the throne for yourselves.  If they’re taking the front, it’s because you’re letting them.

Black Women stay crying while other bitches stay winning.

black woman crying, other bitches winning

  1. The solution to this problem is instead of using the term “Dark-Skin Advocacy”, just say “Black Advocacy.”
  2. Then by doing so, only promote and represent people whom are actually  of the Black race; which means people with medium brown, to jet-black skin, African textured hair (tightly coiled hair which makes little to no movement), and two African parents, African meaning medium brown to jet-black skin with tightly coiled African textured hair.
    This is more conducive than showing unrealistic representations of African women, then making a second “Dark-skinned” category for women who are actually Black.
  3. REJECT AND SHUN any and everything that is entitled “Black” but misrepresents Blackness with false images and warn other level-headed Africans to steer clear of deceptive programming.

 

no shit hotep idiot
No shit, Sherlock.

If mixbreeds, Caucasoids, and whatever else has a problem with Black being the center of BLACK spaces, to hell with them.
They can jump off a cliff.
And then they can fuck off.

This is not “colorism“, this is common sense.
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The second issue with “Dark-Skin Advocacy” is that having brown doesn’t make someone Black.  “Dark” could mean anything.

snookisanjay gupta

george lopez

aborigine girl

Snooki is dark, but not Black.
Sanjay Gupta is dark, but not Black.
George Lopes is dark, but not Black.
The Aborigine girl is dark, but not Black.

See Classify People As Their Race, Not As Their Skin Tone for more clarification.
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What it seems as if is that Black women who consider themselves “Dark-Skinned Advocates”, want to keep a hold of the One-Drop Rule, but want to manipulate it when it’s convenient to themselves.

I don’t understand Black women who espouse the one-drop rule as a fact, try to claim everyone as Black, but then cry when mixbreeds and other non-African females dominate Black spaces.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Related: Classify People As Their Race, Not Skin Tone (Light-Skinned vs. Dark-Skinned Debunked)

Black Comes in All Shades (Fantasy vs. Reality)

Author: Original Lady
Editor: TheThinkingAfrican

 

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8 thoughts on ““Dark-Skinned” Advocacy Is Useless & Disrespectful

  1. I agree. I get the reasons why people feel the need to advocate for “dark skin” instead of simply blackness but in doing so they help perpetuate the idea that there are more than one type of blackness. They’d be better of pushing ACBN and clarifying who is and isn’t Afrikan and promoting BLACK beauty as defined by ACBN ideology.

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  2. Good looking. I been banged on this topic since I first figured it out, mixed people are not black, whenever you ask ones not brainwashed by the one drop foolishness they readily admit they aren’t black. They PREFER white acceptance than black, mixing with white people AND they can SEE the social position between the two groups and KNOW what they want to join. Claiming a bunch of people whom the majority will never be pro-black, due to their genes, is absolute nonsense. Accepting these people is absolute nonsense. And fighting over blackness with them is absolute nonsense.

    How can mixed females be black females but black females can’t be mixed? More than one version of black but even mixed doesn’t contain such a parallel SOCIALLY. Remember it is social, we socialise this way no other group does this. Biologically we are Afrikan, they are not, we need to make it socially too.

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  3. Just call it Afrikan. The name of a people must relate them to land, history & culture. “Black” doesn’t even begin to represent what and who we are as a people, especially since our skin-color is of the brown hue. After all, it’s called Acbn not Bcbn.

    Personally, I only go with Afrikan/Owambo, preferably just Owambo, but I use Afrikan when the people I’m interacting with have no knowledge of my national affiliation (popularly called “Tribe” ) .

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  4. Thanks for your post, but does this seem to be a bit idealistic? I run a small independent library and we are highlighting dark-skinned Black women this month which is probably how I found this article. One reason we’re doing it is because we have a monthly theme and this month we want to shine a light on the fact that Colorism — among many other isms are REAL. It won’t go away just by thinking we are all Africans — one body — one people and never talking about something that is so deeply ingrained and has been for hundreds of years. We could be discriminating — outright or undercover against dark-skinned people — especially women. personally I think nuance is necessary. At least this is my opinion.

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    1. Just say you’re highlighting BLACK WOMEN. No need to say “dark-skinned” because it is redundant.

      The term “dark-skinned” is problematic because it implies that there are white and pale-skinned people whom we share a racial identity with—This is the false idea that causes “Colorism” and erasure of Black women; the myth of Blacks being a rainbow.

      If you refuse to be biologically honest and avoid the fact that Blacks all across the globe come in the range of brown to black, and have what is known as “nappy” hair or African-textured hair, and DO NOT come in all colors and hair textures, then you will always have the problem of being overshadowed and quieted by so called “light-skinned” women.

      The folks who have been wrongly mislabeled “light-skinned Blacks” are simply Multiracials, or non-Blacks who have NO significant amount of African DNA in them at all.

      EXCLUSIVITY and a proper definition of who is/isn’t Black is the best way to end “Colorism”. If you’re going to follow the racist One-Drop Rule and all of its sub-ideologies, then prepare to be erased. Even the term “Colorism” is an issue for said reason above.

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    2. “It won’t go away just by thinking we are all Africans — one body…”

      Yes. That is the idea of this post. If Black women keep including Multiracial women for said reason that “we’re all the same to the White man”, or “we are all Africans-one body” (AKA One-Drop Rule), then this issue will only prevail until Blacks “One-Drop” ourselves out of existence completely.

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