All skin colors are important: Why the media isn't always correct

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Chantal James

Each day I find myself in my own universe—zoned out, in deep thought and thinking anything and everything. Sometimes as I walk around campus and I stroll past the beauty all around me, in nature, in the architect, in the sky or in the different types of people on campus. What most recently I have been inspired by the beauty of the black race, especially women.

As the month of the February nearly comes to an end, I wanted to shed light on a topic that is affects the black community that many are unaware of. This issue deals with the perception black women have of one another. There is an underlying racism within the black race, prominently found with black women; this is the idea of colorism. “The form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color” says Wikipedia and “those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin” said Nadra Nittle.

I recommend those who are unaware to watch the documentary Dark Girls.

The message I hope to spread is that all black is beautiful, not matter how light or how dark. The media need to change their perception of what is and isn’t beautiful.
This will be a continuous issue, until the media shows that all shades of Black is beautiful, when rappers feature darker girls in their videos and when magazines stop lightening the skin tone of your favorite black celebrity.

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