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Majority culture in America tends to portray skin color as a binary: You either have light skin or you have dark skin. The reality, though, is that skin color is a spectrum.
And frankly, most people of the African diaspora fall somewhere in the range of colors that, in the post-Rihanna makeup-line erawe canonically refer to as from Fenty to Fenty So, why do media depictions tend to highlight those with lighter skin and looser curl pattern in their hair? The paper bag test was a practice in some American clubs, churches and other community organizations — including some African Americans ones — of holding a brown paper bag against the skin of a would-be entrant.
If you were lighter than the paper bag, you passed the test and were welcomed; if you were darker than it, you needed to stay out.
Though the test is no longer explicitly happening in public, the impact of colorism persists : Studies show that the privileges associated with having a lighter skin tone range from greater success in school and the workplace to a lower likelihood of being arrested, and shorter jail sentences. When the hashtags BrownSkinGirl and BrownSkinGirlChallenge hit Twitter, tags like WhiteSkinGirlChallenge popped up — whether created by trolls or not, they speak to the idea that celebrating one kind of beauty inherently means denigrating another.
Even some within the diaspora had a knee-jerk reaction because the song specifically named women darker than them. We know that representation matters, that it is important for young girls and women to not only see people that look like them succeed, but also to hear that they have worth and value. For once, a piece of media celebrating our unique beauty exists. Enjoy it. IE 11 is not supported.
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