Friday, January 20, 2012
For Lara, who will have beautiful babies.
Plucked from the womb, thrust into a world of obscurity and placed into the loving arms of her parents during the supposed age of post-racism the black female is armed with certain tools to ensure her survival. In the words of sweet patron Joni, heart of humor and humility will often lighten up the heavy load. But when you run out of humor and you think the other person suffers from a total lack of humility, sometimes you have to break out your trusty, "bitch, please" face (the other tool which is bestowed upon you from birth). This was Avery yesterday after some idiot commented, "oh look how white she is."
Would she not be cute if she were darker? The offender continued with her moronic commentary and even got close to Avery placing her own arm against Avery's cheek to prove her idiotic point. My cheeks flushed with anger. At that point, we all turned on our heels and began to walk. Someone was about to feel the rage of one angry mother, one angry grandmother and one angry Auntie. As soon as we got far enough away, I looked down at Avery and snapped this photo of her face. My thoughts exactly.
When was it ever acceptable to comment on a child's skin tone? You ain't got shit else to say, idiot?
Timely enough, this new documentary Dark Girls, is now available in theaters. If you're reading this blog post and you're unsure why the outrage, please watch this trailer. Watch this trailer either way. Imperialism and racism has given an entire race a complex about their skin. The reality is, many women grow up feeling ugly. If you're black sometimes the odds are really stacked against you, especially when media portrays photo after photo of smiling white faces. History can never be re-written but we can all stand to be a little bit kinder to each other and more aware.