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.