Seems like since the beginning of time, there has always been the issue of “dark” skin and “light skin.” Producers D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke bring this topic to the forefront and start the conversation in their documentary “Dark Girls”. Based on the sensitive topic of complexion within the African American community, this film focuses on the psychological effects of being a woman of a darker skin tone.
The documentary features several brown-skinned African American women confessing what they’ve endured and experienced as being a woman of a darker complexion. It was during a study featuring a little brown skinned girl that blew me away. She was given a picture of several cartoon girls with complexion ranging from dark to light. When she was asked “who is the pretty girl?” she immediately pointed to the lightest girl, and pointed to the darkest girl when asked “who is the ugly girl?”. Being a person who does not see color, it amazed me to learn that colorism still exists, especially in our youth. The documentary also gave insight to colorism amongst different races. In Asia, there’s no type of moisturizing lotion that doesn’t contain a skin bleaching component.
All in all, yes, the film did start the conversation, but, this needs to be a two sided conversation. Petty issues of dark skin vs. light skin still exist; there needs to be a true meeting of the minds. If anything, by only hearing one side of it, it is making light skinned girls look like the bad guy (which feeds into the stereotypical “light skinned girl),” but at the end of the day, dark skinned girls want to be lighter and light skinned girl want to be darker. I am looking forward to the next installment featuring the hardships of being light skinned, because after all, every color is picked on in some kind of way.
“Dark Girls” is now available on DVD worldwide TODAY!