When XO Jane published Ona Anosike’s article “I Am Sick of Seeing Women Crying Because of Their Dark Skin” earlier this month black women around the internet collectively rolled there eyes. We don’t know when the world is going to straighten their color issues out, but until then here’s a list of 15 things women with dark skin are tired of hearing.
Skin Color Isn’t That Big A Deal
It’s an unfortunate reality, but skin color effects the way you experience the world.
You’re Pretty…For A Dark Girl
When you qualify someone’s beauty you’re saying more about your insecurity than there’s. And it all sounds like shade from here.
We Don’t Have That In Your Shade
Thanks to pioneers like Iman, foundation colors have come a long way. But for some of us, it’s not far enough.
I Don’t Date Dark Women
We all know a man or two who’s included this in his dating policy. And it’s a great sign that he’s too insecure in his own skin to be ready for a real relationship.
Don’t Be So Sensitive
It’s just what ASAP Rocky said before he shaded dark skinned women for wearing red lipstick. And it’s the same thing racists say before they crack a racist joke. Am I sensitive or are you just wrong?
You Know Who You Remind Me Of?
Let me guess. Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong’o, or anyone else who I look nothing like but who also has dark skin.
The Blacker The Berry The Sweeter The Juice
Can we come up with a new line already? This one is just about 300 years old.
Ooh Girl, I’m Getting Dark
Why do we only talk about this like it’s a bad thing?
Put On A Hat Before You Go Out There
From the same old-school relatives who used to make anyone with dark skin take a bath with bleach in the water.
Do Tattoos Show Up On Your Skin?
You can add all of the other silly skin color questions to this list.
Smile So I Can See You
And all of the other skin color jokes people think are funny but they’re really not.
I Have A Guy I Want You To Meet
And the only thing we have in common is our skin color.
Black Don’t Crack
OK, this one is true and pretty great.
Or, rather, rap music with music and videos that only glorify women who are lighter than a paper bag.
Too Bad You’re So Dark
Too bad your ideas about race and skin color are stuck in the past.