“Charm is deceptive, Beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Psalms 31:30.
Throughout history, women, as a whole have had our share of being in the media, whether it was flying news papers in the 1920’s announcing to the world the 19th amendment was passed giving all American women the right to vote, or if it was Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi blowing up Twitter and Facebook in 2015 with the #BlackLivesMatter. Women over all have had to fight their way through life just to gain respect, but as painful as it sounds, non have fought like women of color.
In social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter. You find a battle that has been going on for many years, but people have never really noticed it. It is the battle of “Light Skin” vs. “Dark Skin.” “Light” people are portrayed as weak and frail and into themselves whereas “Dark” people are portrayed as strong and mainly or strong and humble for women. Society as a whole has African Americans based on our skin complexion. Most black women are afraid to even admit that they are fully African American. We try and use the very common quote, “All black people have Indian in them.” From where?? There is not any studies that has shown all black people are half Indian. We used this dividing standard against ourselves as a way of contacting with the rest of the world, but little do we know we are colonizing ourselves all over again.
According to Return of the Kings,Google created an article about women that are least liked. Besides American women as a whole, black women are the worst to even consider dating. African American women are labeled as rude, overweight, loud, angry, and masculine. From the time black women were forced over here to even modern times, they have been ridiculed and by the fullness of their lips, how curvy they are and how curly of hair… I’m sorry, Nappy their hair is. Now, there are Hispanic, European, and even Asian women who are doing quick makeup tutorials on instagram showing you how to get bigger, Fuller lips within seconds. you even have those same women trying exercises and getting surgery just to have hips and a larger butt.
In social media, depending on pictures you post, black women are judged differently than any other race of women despite the fact that they invented most of all hair products, all women use today, despite that black women have had children in one night; and get up and work with that same new-born on their backs in very alarming weather that next day, and despite the fact the most of the black men that engage in the controversial media outbursts and conversations were raised by one.
As black women in this society today, it is important that you stay true to yourself and never forget your roots and who are. Always remember you do not have to be another ethnicity to feel beautiful because women of color are powerful and strong.