On a Manchester Magicbus in , an ex-boyfriend told me that mixed-race girls were at the top of his preferred appearance hierarchy. Naturally, it sent me, a medium-to-dark black girl, on a silent self-esteem spiral downward. In an inspired YouTube video that subtly blends general objectification with colourism — our star takes to the streets to ask young black lads what their ideal gal looks like. The answer: light-skins with 3b curly hair and a big back.
“Light Skin Guys Be Like” – On the Boundaries of Blackness (A Response)
I don’t date light skinned men because they are “weak”
One Saturday afternoon, I was chilling with my girl friends Rachel and Natalie. We were engaging in our common discussions about love, fashion and men when a certain topic arose. Then I decided to ask her why she has never dated light skinned men. Her response left me startled. Have you ever noticed that light skinned men are softies? Their light skin complexion made them look cute and this is why they were always pampered. Their staple food was Weetabix, cerelac and corn flex when they were kids.
All Rights Reserved. Powered by WordPress. To be sure, the findings do not isolate the issue to the Black community alone.
Bilal asks questions about what it means to be a mixed race or light skinned man relating with Black communities. Particularly experiences of rejection, or not feeling Black enough. In her interviews with mixed race adults, Karis Campion explains that rejection was felt more deeply when it was caused by an interaction with a Black person, rather than a white one.