I know your all intelligent beings that don’t really care about one’s pigmentation. Nonetheless, I need to get this of my chest. In 2014 and also perhaps late 2013, there has been a trend emerging on social sites, where people name themselve after their pigmentation. For example, “light skin [person’s name]”. Another trend has been the youth creating teams based on pigmentation. For instance, “#TeamLightSkin”. There has also been a growth of memes created to mock people of light skin coloration, particularly black males who have light skin have been ridiculed by social sites to be weak. I found all of these modern day movements so psychologically interesting.
See, back in the days it was Black against Whites and what not. It was race against race. However, there seems to be a racial shift, we now have race against its own race. The whole “TeamLightSkin” and “TeamDarkSkin” hogwash proves my point. This trend is extremely popular within the Black community. But why? As an observer of this trend and those who engage in this movement I find it strange that some Black people are segregating each other based on how light or dark their peers are. There are those on social sites who wear the “Light Skin” title with pride. From observation I can see that being light skin and a Black male or female you do get more attention from your opposite sex. Perhaps this is why, it is such a privilege to be light skinned? From seeing online interactions, being light skinned means it’s easier to pull, score, whatever the player lingo is.
There seems to be now two groups created, one of light skin and one of dark. Both seemingly against each other and both are mocking each other. For example, the meme’s created by dark skinned Black dudes mocking a light skinned Black dude’s masculinity. There is this assumption that the more “Black” you are, the more masculine you are. I still beg the question, how does the shade of one’s skin imply his masculinity? Also the jokes centred on light skinned males, suggesting how “moist” they are, questioning their sexuality because apparently being light skinned means your homosexual? Okay then. Also, how these individuals are incompetent in the bedroom department. So once again I beg the question, what do any of these things have got to do with the colouring of one’s skin? There is the daring question that many don’t ask the dark skinned individuals who come up with these bizarre memes and jokes, which is are you jealous and secretly prefer light skin pigmentation yourself? I know I sound slightly insensitive and rather childish but could this really be the case?
For centuries being fair and having light skin has been favoured. It was seen and still is as the definer of beauty. As being partially dark skinned myself I can sort of relate to this situation and try to understand it. Am I jealous of those who are light skinned? Honestly no. Perhaps when I was younger, I can admit I used to use the filters that only lighten my skin. But now I care more about the condition of my skin oppose to the colour of it. Do I think light skinned people are “soft”, “moist “or “camp”? Nope I don’t. Probably, because I am past the stage of relating one’s characteristics to their skin colour. The skin colour is not something I find important. Therefore, like I mentioned I can only sort of relate to this situation.
It’s interesting because for such a long period of time Black people fought against racism and slavery. The many great speakers who stood up and fought with all their might for a better future for Black people. Despite all this, it seems like there is still slavery that exits. But this time disguised in ideologies and mind frames. This whole “TeamLightSkin” VS “TeamDarkSkin” online movement reinforces how white supremacy indeed still exists. There is now segregation which is based on skin tone. A person taking sides based on skin tone is ludicrous. Even though it may just be youthful innocence engaging in this movement, it still suggests us a bigger and deeper idea of the effect of slavery and the effect of colonisation.