Dark days for black women

There are people who stereotype them as being “hood rat” women, jealous and some even consider them the most unattractive. These are the stereotypes of dark-skinned women.

A walk in the life of a dark-skinned female may seem to have the most difficult pair of shoes to fit in. With black men dating more white women each day and the percentage of black women who are married declining in the United States from 62 percent in 1950 to 36 percent in 2000, according to http:// freerepublic.com/focus/news/715758/posts, where does the dark-skinned female stand in relationships?

With music artists such as Lil’ Boosie and his great love for “red bones” and the lack of dark skin females seen in music videos, it seems as if the world is not liking the dark skinned female too much.  

People are conditioned to think that dark skin is ugly. This goes back to the slavery when people thought that light skin was better because it was closer to white.

You can look at any music video and you can see the lack of dark-skinned women. Some may say this is a good thing because dark skin females are not degrading themselves, but it’s still negative because America is telling everyone that the dark-skinned female is not pretty enough to be a video vixen.

When you look inside beauty supply stores, mostly dark-skinned females are seen on the cover of perm boxes. Are people trying to say that dark skin women need perms the most because they have the nappiest hair?

TV doesn’t like dark-skinned females, point blank.

They put tons of makeup on black females on TV just to make them “suitable” to society. It seems as though the media doesn’t want these black females to have any traces of dark on their faces.

Since when did Beyonce turn from caramel to the looks of an Asian geisha?

Dark-skinned women also lack leading roles in major movies. A prime example is the roles that Angela Bassett and Halle Berry play. Some may consider Angela Bassett a far better actress, but since Halle Berry is lighter, she will get more leading roles.

If you are having an image problem or if you have a problem with dark skin, you should go to counseling. Take a trip to Sunshine Manor.

Some please slap anyone who says that the black community needs to avoid conversations on dark skin and light skin.

Society is still living in 1965, and there still is a separation between dark and light-skinned females. Don’t let history repeat itself.

Latasha Edwards is a junior public relations student from Houston. She can be reached at famuanopinions@hotmail.com.