Dear Dark Skinned Girl

A message to dark Skinned women & girls

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This poem tackles the difficult topic of colorism, self hate, anti Blackness and bullying within the Black community. This is something that primarily affects dark skinned Black women & Black girls. 

Dark skinned Black women are the main victims of colorism. So this is something that needs to be acknowledged by Black men & women of all shades. 

The term “colorism” is defined by Webster’s dictionary as a prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. 

You are beautiful!

I want you to know that you are beautiful, your skin is amazing. Just like the poem says, “you are the epitome of beauty”. You don’t need my validation, you don’t need my words and you don’t need validation from anyone. You are beautiful regardless of what I say and feel. But I hope that this poem can be a reminder that you are perfection personified. 

Firstly, we need to address this problem and be be more vocal about looking for a solution. Secondly, as people with lighter skin, we need to not silence the voices of the victims, by making it about us, and saying “but we’ve experienced colorism too”. As stated colorism is something that by definition affects people of a darker skin tone within the same ethnic group or race. There are, however, some people who will disagree with this definition. I did not create this definition in the same way as Black people did not create this hatred. We are merely pawns in this game of divide and conquer. But we can work together to rid our community of it. In other words, Black is beautiful. We must define our own beauty standards.

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