The uncomfortable conversation about skin tone and beauty is one necessary to have. Whether through images in mainstream media and culture, in every part of the world, the idea of true beauty is almost always linked to fair skinned women. This is not an issue, hence a big majority of fair skinned women are truly beautiful, the problem occurs when the ones that are not reflected in this ideal will believe that they represent the opposite and do not have the right to be considered as ideally beautiful as well. This is very damaging to all women of colour.
Even though this oppression is directed to all women of colour, the following abuse occurs in colourful communities. When lighter skin will represent more beauty than darker skin tones, the abuse of everyone that is born with a complexion darker than what is considered as symbolically powerful will continue to bring down the value of the whole community. None of this is true. These ideas have been psychologically transferred to us women as another way to control our emotions and our inner true power of ourselves and the world around us. As soon as we consider ourselves as the masters of our own worth and power this will clash the world order as it is and we will start to expect more from the world, and therefore the ones with the privilege will no longer be able to control it and keep it within their own boundaries.
Imagine the world where the more melanin and colour you possess the more value you hold as a human being. Even if it's hard to believe, just have a look around and you will see that this is already happing as it is, just that it is the other way around. This is why it is highly important as women, of all tones to remember to give each other the love and power that we all deserve. If you are suffering from racism it is important to remember that it is not the oppressors' fault, it is your own. Being oppressed is a result of our own lack of self-confidence. It is our own weaknesses, our own insecurities that came as a result of a history of oppression. Now it's time for us to change. We have a responsibility to share love and affection with each other. We are not victims and we will not teach our younger sister and brothers, or daughters and sons to let subconscious abuse diminish our worth and development.
“I refuse to believe anything that makes me feel powerless or doubtful”