Stereotypes About Light-Skinned Black Men That We Need To Put To An End

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They are weak and can’t defend themselves.

I don’t care if your boyfriend is cobalt blue, a man should be able to defend his woman’s honor and make her feel protected.  That doesn’t mean he needs to be knocking out every man that makes a rude comment, but don’t assume that if your man is on the lighter side he’s more worried about not getting his face scratched than standing up for you or himself. Light-skinned men seem to get tested more and some men seem to think they can say things to a “Shemar Moore” that they wouldn’t say to someone walking down the street looking like Omar off The Wire, so you never know who is more of a lover than a fighter and who is ready to throw down when it’s time to go down.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a  passion for helping  young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health.  She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about  everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.  


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