I’ve personally been asked if my nationality is Italian, Greek, Spanish, Mexican, Armenian and even Asian a few times. I’m none of those, as far as I know. It’s Austrian, Irish and Polish. I have olive skin. I don’t know if — based on what I know about my heritage — I’m “supposed” to have olive skin, but I don’t care. I’m American.
When I read this post on HelloGiggles.com, about there not being enough “DARK-skinned women on television or in music”, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I like a good debate, especially when it involves women-related issues. However, I just don’t see the “issue” in this particular case.
The author says:
“Yes, we have black powerhouses that we all know and adore: Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and the list goes on and on. However, very rarely do we see a DARK-skinned woman on television or in music, and that’s just unreal. Why are these women underrepresented? Where are they?”
HelloGiggles.com is co-founded by Zooey Deschanel, who stars in the popular Fox show New Girl. Does anyone see a “DARK-skinned” woman in the cast photo? Perhaps the author could have just asked her boss, “Why are these women underrepresented? Where are they?”
And, is the author saying that her examples of “black powerhouses” aren’t black enough? Well, perhaps that’s because two of the women she mentions has one white parent.
But, really, let’s take other races into consideration — is there such thing as WHITE-skinned? TAN-skinned? Can we argue there aren’t enough FRECKLED-skinned people on TV? When does the skin spectrum quota get filled? And, why do we still care?
THIS IS AMERICA.
And, in a country like America, that is so full of many different cultures, people, nationalities and thus — beautiful colors — how can you possibly narrow it down to there being a lack of DARK-skinned women represented on TV/in music? I mean, I’d rattle off a list of possible examples, but I’m not sure if those examples would be “dark enough” — or maybe even too dark for the author. And, would an example like Mindy Kaling not apply, since she’s Indian?
It’s sort of like a field of wildflowers — who “controls” how they grow? Who looks at a field of wildflowers and says, “Nope. Not good. There’s not enough red. Not enough yellow. Not enough blue.” No one. You appreciate what you see, because that is what natural beauty is. And, each field is different, and beautiful.
I guess what I’m getting at, is that we’re always fighting to get people to see beyond the color of someone’s skin. We’re always fighting for equality, and human compassion and deep love for one another based on what’s inside. Because that’s what counts in this melting pot of a world. So, to me — this complaint of not having “enough “DARK-skinned” women on TV/in music means maybe the complainer needs to broaden their view. In more ways than one.