Are dark skinned people second rate citizens?

Please feel free to weigh in on this ever arising issue: Are dark skinned people second rate citizens? I ask this because blacks have failed to support each other. Instead they seem to "side" with the lighter complexioned blacks, making darker complexioned brothers and sisters feel "left out. They seem to be treated unfairly and not taken seriously in their endeavours. The bottom line is, the closer to "white" your skin the better? Hardly! I think of Micheal Jackson, the way he continuously bleached his skin in order to "feel better" about himself and so many other stars who you have to look at twice before you know who they are they have turned so light. Is light skin a ticket to immediate success or (in MJ's case, failure)?

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Comment by leola on July 10, 2009 at 11:57pm
Just look at the TV and magazines, you will see that society still see dark skin as a curse. The majority of black women on TV or in the Movies are light skin with long (Korean weave) hair. For instance Tyra Banks, Beyonce etc, I wear my hair natural, after all my edges were burned out from perms trying to have straight hair. All the women races are trying to look like WHITE WOMEN ,even the Puerto Ricans are becoming blonds. I wish I had come to my senses years ago before perming my hair. Yes, recently, dark skin men became the thing to have. Nobody ever considers the dark skin woman as the thing to have. We are still being robbed of meaniful relationships. I am told by co-workers that I am pretty and very friendly. I only get approached when I am out in public if I wear a long, straight hair wig, which I don't wear anymore. I hear women all the time saying they met there boyfriends in the grocery store or at the gas station or inline at a fast food restaurant. I go these places no one every approach me. I have been told all my life that I am a pretty BLACK woman. The only men that came on to me were light skin or yellow men and I believe that was because I have a decent shape. Last year I place a profile on Black Christians.com with a wig on and full length body shot. I receive more hits than I could handle. Then I set a new profile with natural hair and just a head shot. I receive no hits, just views. I would love to see more dark skin women on TV and in the magazines. Not just one or two.
Comment by Trish on July 10, 2009 at 11:24pm
Wow here we go again. I do feel like lighter skinned people tend to be treated different. Black men especially. They will take a Tiny (TI'swife) over a beautiful darkskinned woman. Like Alicia Keys, Sade and look at Gina on Martin she is not cute her big head. But to themto have a light woman is the world.
Comment by Cheryl on July 10, 2009 at 11:14pm
Whether your skin is light or dark, hershey kiss or butterfinger, there is more to African Americans than their outer appearance. It’s just unfortunate that the media/society doesn’t always feel the same.
Comment by Jennah Sudan & Company on July 10, 2009 at 11:00pm
You know we can make an issue out of almost anything...but the truth of the matter is we keep this one in the back of our minds as an excuse to divide and conquer within our race. Different hues in people of color is just as beautiful and necessary as the different shades of any other race. Do all white people have the same shade of white skin? The variety is why the world is such a beautiful planet. Obviously as you can see my skin is darker than a lot, and lighter than some. Yet, growing up mostly in the segregated South, I was recognized not for the color of my skin, but for being intelligent, beautiful and having great pride and confidence. We have freedom,equal rights as a race, and equality, and now we still cry for equal rights as dark skinned people. Will we ever feel equal or good enough? Does anyone even care besides a few dark skinned people with low self esteem or maybe a light skinned person who really feel that way. Though I feel there is a need for most discussions, I am more concerned with our declining global economy. However, I do like the analygy used for MJ. I believe he had much more going on with his health (physically and mentally) than his fans could ever know. Either way, we loved him ...anyway he came at us, light or dark!
Comment by Anitra Luckie on July 10, 2009 at 10:20pm
I honestly feel like this may be an issue to many people. However, we are all black people. Every race has their separation line. Could be South verses North, Americas verses a transplant. It is silly. We are all people. God made each of us. Love your neightbor as you would youself. It sounds simple, but it is true. Dark-skinned blacks are not looked at differently by other races,we still black. No matter how black. Love each other!
Comment by Maxx Kilbourne [ maxkbooks.com ] on July 10, 2009 at 9:25pm
sad but true, dark skinned folks have a much tougher time getting good service, respect and acceptance. I don't think Dark skinned makes you "second rate" but like someone else posted, it's the mindset of ignorant people.
Comment by dawnjalita on July 10, 2009 at 9:15pm
This is absolutely ludicrous. I am a light skinned woman but my mother is dark skinned and she's the most beautiful woman in the world. Second rate citizenship is a mind set. If you speak negativity, then you speak into existence. We've all been programmed but you've got to rethink everything. If every black person believed this to be true then we would have never achieved anything. BE MORE!!!! Stop this slave mentality. You can do things far and beyond if only you truly believe in yourself.
Comment by Devin Ann Hanks on July 10, 2009 at 8:47pm
I am a light skinned woman as you can see and I have never had a good relationship with a dark skinned woman, I have been always labled the goody too shoo, but I am actually a very beautiful person inside and out so I feel if more people would get to know others as people verses the tone of their skin you will find out there are good light and dark skinned people as well as there are bad ligjt and dark skinned people!!!
Comment by FLOYD on July 10, 2009 at 8:31pm
Some dark skin people are second rate citizens , this citizenship can only exist in the mind. Until these individuals realize that at one time every human being that walked on this planet was jet black . NO ONE ELSE EXISTED.
Comment by TAMMY REDMON on July 10, 2009 at 7:49pm
I DO THINK THAT PEOPLE TEND TO FAVOR LIGHT SKIN PEOPLE.WHATEVER THE REASON FOR THIS I HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD. I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS GROWING UP MY GRAND-DAD ONLY EAT WHITE EGGS NEVER BROWN. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT EITHER. I AM LIGHT SKIN I LOVE DARK SKIN PEOPLE I THINK THEIR COMPLEXION IS BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLL


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