Public Service Announcement-An Original Poem by Kay
*ALL OF THESE GIRLS WHOSE PICTURE IS IN THIS VIDEO, TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE LOVE THEIR SKIN!! =)
In this day and age (2012), I found that colorism is still a prevalent issue. Not just with African American girls, but all over the world, being darker is seen to be less attractive. This color discrimination is consistently practiced within the African American race, evidence even being shown through music, magazines and television. Girls are taught from a young age to dislike their skin color and having this self-hatred bid them low self-esteem. Some even desire to lighten their complexion through bleaching creams, and or even change the coloring of pictures when they upload them to their social media sites. One day I realized, as I hadn’t fully took it in myself that a dark skinned woman is our First Lady and has been since 2009. Not only is she the first African American First lady, she is of a darker skin complexion. Now, I know most people don’t really take that in because that is very powerful. If it was really fully digested and appreciated, maybe more girls would feel confident about their complexion. Her image has the ability for all this talk about darker skin being unattractive to change. She is a positive role model for all black girls and to the dark girls who think they aren’t good enough or won’t ever accomplish anything, Michelle Obama says” Yes You Can”.
Let’s be real, President Obama brings change not only because he is the first Black President but also because unlike a majority of high profile Black men, he has a mocha colored, statuesque, curvaceous, Black woman on his arm. Black is back, not in a corner, hidden in a closet, or slipping down a back stairway. Michelle Obama’s status as the first, Black First Lady presents an unspoken change to the image of the Black woman.
Her beauty does not hail from a Halle Berry clone, nor is she a Beyonce double. Her beauty represents the masses of beautiful Black women, who have been overlooked or pushed aside. Don’t get it wrong! There is plenty of love for the sisters of a lighter hue, but the mass media already works overtime keeping them on a pedestal. What there has never been enough of is visibility and praise for the darker sisters, who are just as beautiful and in some cases more beautiful. There has not been enough brown and dark-skinned little girls, who are told early in life that they are beautiful and worthy so that they grow to believe it. As painful as this truth is they are the little girls and women, who never garner the same attention as their lighter-skinned counterparts..
I don’t know where President Obama’s current approval rating stands, but I know my approval of the first lady just shot through the roof. Where Obama refuses to acknowledge the racism that underpins so many comments, voting choices, and actions set out against him, Michelle Obama just puts it out there plain and simple.
I’m just super f——ing confused about the people on my dash commenting on that picture of the first ladies trying to say that Michelle Obama is fat and ugly
okay I’m sorry but have YOU never taken a picture from an unflattering angle you dumb c—ts because I’m sorry but um all I see is a gorgeous woman who’s more concerned with helping others than her newest pair of louboutin heels.