Black In Gainesville Part 2
Different shades of success depend on the shade of your skin... even among people of the same race.
And thats a sensitive question in the Black Community.
In part two of our special report "Black in Gainesville," TV20'S Duke Carter shines a light on how the shade of Black plays a role in racism within the Black Community.
"I really do love my culture but that's something that I do hate"
These UF students discuss a topic that's not really spoken in the Black Community.
" I know some of em that's how they feel the closer I am to white the better I am"
Talking about whether or not Lighter Skinned Blacks are considered better than darker ones.
"both of my parents are dark skinned I don't know where this come from laughter…"
"girl questioning dude about guys liking light skinned."
This topic brought up another issue.
" would you talk a light skinned woman first?"
"I really don't know."
Black men being more attracted to lighter skinned women.
"I hate it when guys say they only like light skinned girls."
Thinks men need to look deeper than the color of someone's skin.
"on the planet I could be the worse person but you're gonna say theres somebody who's quality they're beautiful who just so happen to be a couple of shades darker you're going to say you wouldn't talk to themthat's silly"
These students says the media is to blame for why this generation of blacks feel lighter skin is better -- for example singer Beyonce.
Many criticized her for this ad saying the upper half of her body is lighter than her bottom half.
"without makeup without her being on the cover of magazines she's like really darker than what she really is true."
"girls like me tend to say let me go and find some cream and bleach my skin"
But change is progressing.
"I'm all about this naturalness"
Sabine Justillien is a dark skinned woman with dreads.
She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
A sorority that people normally see light skinned women with straight hair.
But Justillien says when she joined they were different shades of women.
"it was an array of how it should be portrayed."
"everybody should be embracing their blackness."
The students who discussed the topic thinks change can happen but in order for that to take place... folks must have an open dialogue to understand other people's experiences.
- Black In Gainesville Part 1
- Black In Gainesville Part 3
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