Last night's episode of Toddlers & Tiaras featured Allyson, a four-year-old girl who is obsessed with Beyoncé and "brown" skin in general. She and her mother never refer to people with Beyoncé's coloring as "black" or African-American, but "brown." Allyson only likes "brown" dolls. She prays every night that God will make her less "peach" and more "brown" and might be the first kid to ever be on this show that actually likes getting a spray tan because it's the closest thing to having her prayers answered.
I liked one part of this:
"Allyson thinks dark skin is beautiful." It is!
My problem with this is that I worry this little girl sees skin color as a commodity. Like an accessory to be worn. She should consider dark skin beautiful, but not at the expense of being uncomfortable with or disliking her own skin color, which is essentially what the rest of the video made me think of.
...not sure if this is progress?