Yep quite a controversial heading there, and some of you will be shocked to see it but as a young black woman, this a phrase I will hear a lot this summer. Be it in jest, or someone honestly feeling they are doing me a favour by giving me this piece of ‘advice’ – I will hear it. So because the sun was out today, and I am praying it will stay out I wanted to explore the issue of being ‘dark skinned’ black.
So let’s start from the beginning. Historically being darker/ tanned has been associated with many things and all of them not great: poverty, uncontrollable sexuality, smaller brains, animal – like behavior and other things. Fast forward a century or two and now being white and tanned is sexy, and being black and darker makes a statement. The point I am trying to make here is that talking about being afraid of the sun because you are black is so outdated! We should have developed enough to see past colour.
Let’s choose what we laugh about, and think about what we say.