Courtesy of Clutch Magazine
I know this probably wonâ€™t be a well-received article. The Varied Complexions of Black People is a guaranteed push-button topic, and too many writers have exploited the issue for hits. I hate that this will likely be taken in that context, but I assure you, thatâ€™s not what Iâ€™m up to.
Hear me out to the end.
When I caught wind of Eric BenÃ©tâ€™s latest single â€œRedbone Girl,â€ my first thought was â€œoh, #$%^!â€ I wasnâ€™t excited; I was loathing the term for the description of light-complexioned women and more so, the comments sections of multiple sites that would inevitably explode with vitriol and knife-twisting in never fully healed wounds. No one man should have so much power.
Weâ€™ve all experienced our fair share of unwanted and offensive commentary about our complexions. We say the comments donâ€™t matter and that weâ€™re so over it, but our reactions show otherwise. The emotional trauma, whether youâ€™re 27 light, 1B dark, or a middle shade like 6 brown, all sticks like balls of track glue. What I want to suggest to you here is there is no outdoing each other in the pain category.