Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dark Girls - Exploring Internalized Racism in The Black Community

Beautiful Shades of Color
Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face by their own racial siblings and throughout the world.

The film opens up the conversation of internalized racism in the Black Community. Yes, the shameful discrimination that some Blacks themselves harbor against dark skinned members of their race is discussed openly and called out for what it is - spiteful, hurtful, demeaning and hypocritical.

While some dark skinned Black men are the targets of the "dark" stigmatism, its dark complexion Black women that are doubled down on by this biasness toward dark skin. It is a devilish deceitful mentality that that is a cruel play on one of a woman's most prized traits - her beauty.

Dark Girls revisits the fallible measure of beauty based on fair skin and long straight hair. The film's interviews and facts highlights the cruelty of skin based racism that a culture of modern day Black women continue to be victimized by. It is a mentality that served as a structure for slavery. The light-skinned (House Negroes with the light-skin and "good hair) lived in the "big house" and inherited the more civil domestic chores while the Field Negroes ( with the dark skin and coarse hair) lived in barely habitual quarters and did the back breaking demeaning work.

In Dark Girls, Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society.They talk about their journey to prevail and love themselves even when ill-informed and mean-spirited members of their own race view them as somewhat sub-standard.

Filmmakers D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke reveal their own motivations for making the film, citing their own experiences with racism or, discrimination based on skin color.

It's a must see documentary for all regardless of skin tone. You're welcomed to begin your own discussion in the comment section below.




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