Tanning as a Black Woman (a reblog)

By Sarah Meron The summer I turned 10 years old, I went on holiday to a beach town somewhere in France with my auntie and uncle. I remember arriving at the beach and plopping myself excitedly on my beach towel, one of those white ones with blue stripes. The sun felt snug and delicious on…

It’s no wonder us rich in melanin have vitamin D deficiencies. Please show some love on the original post and donate 👉🏾 via Tanning as a Black Woman: My journey to self-love in a colourist society — RaceBaitR


16 thoughts on “Tanning as a Black Woman (a reblog)

  1. For some reason I can’t comment on the page. Think comments are closed. Anyway. Back in Ancient Kemet (Egypt) those with the darkest of skin were considered to be of the highest beauty and were treated as Gods, due to the God teachers that came before all having near pitch-black skin. Skin colour so pure it became known as N-G-R – named after the sun god – before demonized by the Romans as Niggers.

    Look how times have been flipped. You’re dark, your not pretty. The lighter the skin the prettier you are. “Tanning is for white people. It makes them more beautiful. But on us, tanning is ugly. It makes us look more Black.” Keep going white-skin, you seen Twilight? Skin so pale the biiichhh look sickening.

    Stay woke. No hate for europoids, but the blacker the skin the more beautiful as far as I’m concerned. And truth be told, if black people didn’t keep placing people with lighter skin on such a high pedestal (beyonce, alicia keys, rhianna etc.) and starting idolizing those such as erykah badu and India arie (too name a few) then the young girls wouldn’t feel such a bad way because of their colour. Largely i blame parents. Tanning is for those who can’t get. Black already has.

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    1. Indeed, Kal. Thank you for sharing this knowledge. I didn’t know that about N-G-R. And yes, I’ve seen Twilight; they want what they can’t have, will harm themselves to get it but will humiliate your for having it naturally.

      They knew exactly what they were doing when they pillaged our entire being and still do. Representation matters, but yes, idol worship with these celebrities is sickening. And it’s not just kids that need guidance but some of these adult men and women.

      And Hollywood will throw us a dark “it” girl every few years or so, like the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o, but she shouldn’t have to hold it down on her own. (And we shouldn’t aspire to join their weird little society anyway.) Like you said, it’s up to the parents/household to do better so the youth will have confidence in themselves and adore the darkest shades of our beautiful brown spectrum.

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      1. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s celebrity worship. But worse than that is when I see it from black people who worship so-called black idols and place them upon some pedestal as if they are leaders. These same idols they will have their children look up to – idols by the way who without knowing it are just reworking the traits and characteristics of europeans through a slightly darker shell – a darker shell mind you, which they themselves are bleaching out for acceptance.

        Anytime I see black representation, it’S either A) done by blacks – which in that case is contradictory and shows we haven’t got anywhere in the past 400+ years. and B) through europeans who culturally repackage black style and lifestyles from “ghetto” upbringings, into some “phase” or ” fashion trend” for the purposes of being the “popular girl of 20**”

        Honestly, I blame my own people more for issues like this because they stand by idle, complaining from TV sets and twitter.

        Put it this way, as long as black people continue to use the demonized “N Word” – justifying it through def jam comedy, and rap music, we will never get anywhere and have no right to complain when used by non-blacks. And if that’s the case then hey, everyone of these idols – successful or not – can burn, as far as I’m concerned.

        Represent yourself the way you which to be perceived by others, and spread that amongst your people. I ever have kids, they’ll never know names such as jay-z, beyonce, kanye, rihanna. First idols they’ll know about will have birth dates within the BC & CE time period, kings & queens to truly idolize.

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  2. The conditioning runs too deep! She spoke on colonization but I wonder if we as a whole even think about when we call Africa, Africa. Or Ethiopia, Ethiopia. And so on and so on. Their all names given to us and our land by Europeans. It would take massive reform for us to heal. I have faith but faith without works is dead. And that’s where most of out people are…. dead! And don’t know it. Yes you’re breathing but mentally and spiritually your dead!

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    1. True story! It runs deeeeeep. I remember growing up kids would make fun of those with traditional Yoruba/African names and purposely mispronounce it. I was always envious because their family was able to hold onto a piece of their roots and didn’t try to nor were they forced to conform.

      And I’ve seen Africa spelled so many ways! My favorite is Afurakha or something like that.

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  3. Good recommendation! This was a good read. It is the system we live in that washes over us daily with perceived images of beauty that hue to a certain skin color and facial features, to movies, the boardroom and cultural mythology, to white jesus. The system we live in, in the western world is a difficult one if you aren’t born paralleling the symbols, iconography, and cultural mythology installs and reinforces perceptions and the “rightness” of certain roles. Thanks for reblogging that.

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