As I was scrolling down my Instagram timeline, I stumbled across this picture. At first I thought it was very funny because I’ve read and seen many of the “how light skin girls are” tweets and pictures. However, after reading what I read recently about how the light skin vs dark skin propaganda started I became disgusted. It made me upset to see how the talk about people of the light skin tone. People are making up memes that used to but other people down. It’s a mockery of women because they’re making fun of how some girls act. They are turning it into something much bigger than what it may seem to them.
To them it’s just fun and games but to others it may be hurtful because they are now categorized by the stereotypes. They are constantly being compared to people of other skin tones. People are even using it as a term of expression. I have a friend who would text me and when I didn’t text but he would say that “you acting light skin.” At first I found it funny because I would argue back that I’m not light skin, I’m brown skin so how am I acting like something I’m not. However, over time it began to get really annoying because the more he kept saying it the more I realized that I was being compared to somebody else.
I never realized that small things like this could be very hurtful. Even though many people try to hide or push away they fact that it bothers them, deep down inside it may truly hurt them. I feel as though our generation should be more considerate of other people’s feelings. I wish that our generation would educate themselves more about the memes that are being used because everything has a meaning behind it. Many which are racist.
-Jamekea S. Lee