I watched the Dark Girls documentary on Oprah’s OWN last night.


It’s a documentary that explores colorism through the eyes of African-American women with deeper skin tones. Alongside painful testimonies from women who have experienced prejudice because of their complexion, “Dark Girls” discusses the attraction white men have to dark-skinned women. The website describes them as “White men in loving intimate relationships with Black women that were passed over by ‘their own men.”

One white man in the film says it wasn’t a “conscious choice” to date a dark-skinned woman instead of a lighter-skinned woman:

“It wasn’t an effort to go find the deepest, darkest, chocolate sister out there and get the full-on real deal, straight from the motherland. […] I didn’t think that [a darker skin tone] that defined ‘blackness’ to me. You’re not more ethnic if you’re darker. That just happened to be who [my wife] was. When you look at her, there was nothing about that color of her skin that defined her.”

According to the documentary’s official website, the women discuss ‘deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.’

I do believe the documentary should be about all shades of black women light, brown, dark skin being a black women in society is very harder than people think, don’t you think Gumbumpers?


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