Friday, June 20, 2014

Color: Dark Skinned or Light Skinned is Always With Us

The issue of skin color is an issue in America and while we may not realize it, there is a similar controversy in parts of Africa, India, Asia.  I try really hard not to generalize but when you look around color is a real definer that human beings use against one another.

In the 1980's I remember being at an Indian fashion Show in Liberia and there were clearly differences between the light skinned East Indian women and dark skinned East Indians. The history tells that the darker skinned Indians are akin to Africans.

There are dark and light skinned Italians, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and I could go on and on.

I was checking on You Tube for Liberian Music for my Face Book Page because I love Liberian Music and I came across this music video by Jessica Singh. I would guess that she is the mixed race girl of Liberian and East Indian heritage. The tune is catchy but the imagery is the same.  The comments were interesting.

Anyway, here is the video and comment if you dare. I am not judging, just offering this as a discussion piece for rational persons.

My question is why does color still matter? We now know scientifically that DNA, not color defines our ethnicity, and yet we still cling to color. Don't we?