If you are reading this right now, regardless of color, you know beauty is beauty. Halle Berry is beautiful. Kate Upton is the inspiration for many right-click-save situations and sold Jergens. Salma Hayek is purely illustrious. Reshma Shetty captivates the majority of any scene she appears on Royal Pains. Iman? Oh, the famous African model. Of course, she is captivating. It should be easily noted that beauty comes in all shapes, forms, and colors.
Alas, many Blacks do not feel the same way. As I noted earlier (in a previous blog), Black people are constantly made to feel inferior. That is why the statement “you sure are pretty for a black girl” became such the acceptable remark. Yet, anyone with some sense should know that the statement is a stagnant and unrelenting insult. At some point, this line of thinking must become unacceptable.
But it isn’t. So I took some time to make a small measurement of possibilities and dug even deeper to relate to the disturbing reality of it all: some of this racism and self-hatred is so ingrained that conquering it will take a lot of work.
Just A Small Sample
I took it upon myself to figure out if I could just see if there could be any small measure of this racist thinking existing. I had a control group of females take a survey to see if they had ever experienced the “pretty for a black girl question”. A remarkable 22% of said African American (Black) women noted that they have heard the statement . That is a telling number in itself. Also, there was 6% of the participants feeling that it is a compliment . These numbers reflect that this situation does exist and it is a true problem.
Now, let me make a couple of things clear: the fact that the numbers are small should actually matter. I used a very small sample of participants (32 to be exact). Many of these women come from diverse backgrounds. In a bigger reality, these numbers could be lower or insurmountably higher. There is no true way to know how many women have truly heard this insult and how many actually think it’s a compliment. At the end of the day, the numbers don’t lie: this situation exists and it is a problem.
The Self Hatred Factor
On a grander scale, there is plenty of self-hatred that exists amongst many Black people. Remember the Clark Doll Experiment of 1939? If not, then let me educate: this experiment was used to discern self-prejudice as many of the children thought the white doll was nicer . The children picked between a Black doll and a White doll. Even more shocking is that a glaring 44% thought the white doll looked like them . So, it is safe to say that there are still concerns for ingrained self-apathy amongst Black people.
Just because this experiment happened over 70 years ago doesn’t mean this doesn’t exist today. ABC News did the same experiment and saw that there were still some prejudices existing within Black children to this day . While the number was much lower, it was still enough to be a cause for concern. Even worse is the present existence of Black people using bleaching cream to lighten their skin. Then agan, this can’t be an exact surprise when some men may have a preference for “fairer skin”  . Conclusively, there needs to be recognition of the still-existent self-hatred reeling in some Black people’s veins.
I want all my black women to realize that they are beautiful. You women gave birth to this Earth whether you understand that or not. If you are confused, go watch Hidden Colors. Since we “gave birth” to this planet, we (Black people) need to make sure we realize our worth. From there, we make sure that other races know that they are great in their own right. That would calm down a lot of this racism and self-hatred. But a blog writer can only dream, right?
‘Nuff said and ‘Nuff respect!!!