I’m tired of seeing my light skin represented in Black media
Men, women & the secrets of skin colour | The Independent
Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism
At the same time, even more of us remain distressed by the continued, narrowly representational casting of relatively thin, light-skinned Black women in the B lack-ish universe. This is not the first time Black women, the clear target audience of Grown-ish , have expressed sincere concerns about the visibility, or lack thereof, of dark-skinned Black women on these shows. Legitimately asking, no shade intended.
The primary goal was to identify the relevance of these perceptions on their understandings about dating preferences and related beliefs about appropriate scripts using a Black feminist thought framework. Twenty- eight self- identified Black women attending a large university in the southeastern United States were interviewed for this study. Lighter- skin was perceived as being more attractive, and associated with four themes about dating: a positive personality traits, b increased value in dating contexts, and c sexual appeal to men. Therapeutic considerations for addressing skin color concerns with Black female clients, including addressing within group differences and validation of skin color values, are addressed. These directly affect their self-esteem, self-identity, and interpersonal relationship dynamics, issues that commonly arise in therapeutic situations with Black female clients.