Issues Raised by Dark Girls Documentary

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

“I can remember being in the bathtub asking my mom to put bleach in the water so that my skin would be lighter and so that I could escape the feelings I had about not being as beautiful, as acceptable, as lovable.” This is a portion of a testimony from one of the women featured in the soon-to-come documentary Dark Girls. It is the saddest thing to know that African Americans can be their own worst enemy. This documentary by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry allows the voice of the dark-skinned African-American woman to be heard.

In the mean time, what’s up black America? Why are we persecuting our own women for something they were born with? Whereas I am beyond happy that this documentary is coming out to raise awareness of the injustices dark-skinned black women suffer, I am also ashamed that this film even had to be created. Of all races in this nation, after all we have been through as a people, after celebrating the current progress we have made together, we should NEVER discriminate against each other because of skin color.  To the black folks discriminating against their own, you just remember that no matter how light you are in this white America, you will always be black.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.

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2 responses to “Issues Raised by Dark Girls Documentary

  1. I can’t believe that the world is trying to discredit the beauty of our dark skinned sisters. OMG they are the most gorgeous species. Their dark, creamy skin. The darker their skin tone the more gracious they appear. My daughter is dark skinned and she has the most smooth silky skin available to dark skin and colors for her is the epitome of glorious. She can wear colors that light skinned people would wash out in. I am so disappointed in our people for having such an opinion. I would like to deduce that it is strictly jealousy cus they will NEVA have that kind of beauty. Stop hating sista’s and move on. Their dark skin gives them a confidence that a light skinned sista would neva be able to claim cus their confusion with their heritage takes them to another level. At least the dark skinned sister knows who she is. Enough said.

    • I agree. I hate to hear people say or insinuate that dark-skinned girls are not as pretty as light skinned girls, and that’s coming from me as a lighter-skinned girl. No color in the human rainbow is more superior than any other, and no color is inferior. Every shade that a black woman can come in is beautiful. I just wish a greater percentage of the black community could not only realize that but act upon it as well.

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