New Site Lets Users Categorize People As Light Skin Or Dark Skin

December 22, 2014  |  

I, for one, am kinda tired of the whole light skin/dark skin debate. You’d think as African Americans we would have many other more pressing things to discuss. But the founder of a website that lets voters decide if you’re “light-skin” or “dark-skin” thinks this colorism conversation must continue.

The website Lightskinordarkskin.com is just a few weeks old and it is already sparking controversy. What it’s not sparking are users who are willing to submit photos.

Created by Harlem resident Nate Hill, the site lets users submit photos and then it displays the number and percentage of visitors who chose to classify the person in the photo as “light-skin” or “dark-skin,” reports The Grio.

According to Hill, his intention is to “try to just create a playground or sandbox where people can see themselves and promote conversation around colorism.”

The site has received more than 20,000 votes from visitors, but has a low photo submission rate, which prompted Hill to pull random photos of Black people from Instagram.

“My wife and I just had a kid. We’re both mixed,” said Hill who’s 37 years old. “After the birth of our son, which was a blessing, I realized I had internalized colorism and was embarrassed to realize that.”

Hill says he will add comments under each photo to create more interaction and discussion among users.

What do think of the website’s concept?

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