The Heartbreaking Reality Of Being A Dark-Skinned Black Woman

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Salon's Joan Walsh dissects many of the recent stories about how white people feel that anti-white sentiment is on the rise. Look: It's not a competition. But when it comes to white people feeling discriminated against (Gothamist headline: "Regarding Racism, Whites Think They Are the New Blacks"), white people have no idea how soul-stomping, heartbreaking and difficult it is to be black in America. Especially if you have dark skin. The clip above is from Dark Girls, an upcoming documentary "exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color — particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture." Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, this clip is moving, powerful, emotional, and completely upsetting — yet an absolute must-see.

Dark Girls: Preview [Vimeo]

Related, sorta: When Whites Say, "What about me?" [Salon]



Does anyone know how this plays out across the globe? Is this a US/Europe issue?

In Africa or India, is darker skin viewed more positively or negatively (or are folks there smart enough not to care)?