In Hispanic cultures, stereotypes about light skin and dark skin have a lot to do with social status. Some students at Lane have been labeled with these stereotypes. White felt less attractive in her dark skin because she was always more attracted to lighter skinned people.
White remembered the jokes her own friends would make towards her skin tone. Not everyone is as accepting of their skin color as White, and some try to change it. In January of , Jamaican dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel, made headlines when he appeared several shades lighter than his normal dark brown complexion.
Kartel claimed to have used cake soap a clothes-bleaching product to lighten his skin. Kartel plans to market his products in the Caribbean first. Kartel, however, was recently imprisoned in Jamaica after being charged with murder, presumably putting a delay on his plans as a businessman.
The main ingredient for skin lightening creams is hydroquinone, a dangerous chemical and bleaching agent, according to MedicineNet.
While some people have benefited from using the chemical, using an excessive amount of it, however, resulted in skin peeling, and even turning the skin darker than its original color. The cases of skin bleaching further proves that skin color can be a bitter subject.
When Khadijah Lockhart, Div. Lockhart herself is light skinned, and says she received a lot of attention from guys. When it comes to dating light skinned or dark skinned people, some African Americans say they have no preference while others are more particular. His comment triggered gasps and shocked reactions from both light and dark skinned girls sitting in desks near him. The field slaves were more than likely dark skinned blacks and were forced to work outdoors.
The house slaves were typically fair skinned blacks, usually descendents from the white slave owners. More evidence of the presence of this prejudice throughout history can be found in music of certain periods. Some of its lyrics include: It has shown up in other areas of pop culture.
These groups would not accept anyone whose skin tone was darker than a paper lunch bag in order to maintain its standards. The entertainment business seems to encourage the separation between light and dark skinned people, going back to the early years of film when the role of maids were predominately played by dark skinned black women, to present-day movies, television and music.
The same stereotypes persist in the music industry as well. A few examples are as follows: Stereotypes about light skin and dark skin are also present in Hispanic cultures as well.
This light skin vs. The Twitter hashtags inspired club promoters in Columbus, OH. In it, women shared their emotional struggles of being dark skinned. Colorism is not only a controversial issue, but an emotional one that upsets many people, both light skinned and dark skinned. Real beauty is the little light inside of you that shines when everything else around is dark.