Rise Women Rise: Rosetta

Guest Story by Rosetta

The dark skin vs. light skin controversy became perceptible to my consciousness in my 6th grade elementary class.

The boys in the class were passing around a list of all the pretty girls in classroom. Each boy would survey the room then check off which pretty girl made the list. I noticed some of the boys looked at me and shook their heads no. I was crushed!

Thank GOD for James, not only was he the bully of the classroom, but he said, “She is pretty but, she is dark.” Nonetheless, I made the list of pretty girls. However, that demeaning, hateful quote stuck in my head and I have heard “she is pretty but, she is dark” ALL my life. What ever happen to James? You know how that story ended…he married a light skin woman. Thank you both for finally bringing the bias of the dark skin woman within the African-American community to the forefront.


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One Response to Rise Women Rise: Rosetta

  1. Black Beauty says:

    Wow, a story about me… “Your pretty to be darkskin”, “Blackey”, “Tar Baby” and the all time favorite “I ain’t as BLACK as YOU….”. I’ve heard it all. I hope this movie will expose and dispose the ignorance of oppressive perception.

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