If you haven't already viewed the Dark Girl Preview, stop reading this and watch the short preview below now.
I just watched this preview with my six month old daughter, who would definitely be classified as a 'light skinned girl'.
Here are four thoughts on this:
1. It makes me sad, as I can certainly relate to some of the women to some degree. I've heard the, "You're pretty cute.... for a dark girl" several times. Ha! This line embarrasses me for the person who says it. It's a backhand compliment from someone who doesn't know any better. I just forgive them and keep it moving.
2. It makes me motivated. Motivated to protect my daugter from this nonsense as much as I possibly can. Though, I'm not naive enough to know that I can protect her from everything stupid people say.
Recent example, "Is she your baby? Why is she a different color from you? You're dark." I was recently asked that question by yet another person who doesn't know any better.
3. It makes wonder and question why, why does this still matter? I've heard a lot of racist stuff my thirty years of life. Some towards me, some not. I've learned how to pick my battles and keep it moving.
4. Finally, this video makes me so very thankful that I come from a family of beautiful and confident women. My mother taught me the importance of having high self-esteem that comes from within, not the type that needs validation from others.
This is a true blessing; one I intend to pass on to my beautiful daughter.
(Thank you mommy, I love you.)
I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the video.