Thursday, January 6, 2011


If you haven't already, read this article.

When I read this article I was ENRAGED!

Colorism can be defined as discrimination based on skin color. I wrote a 9 page paper on this very topic for my African-American History class and it is a subject of black history that has always intrigued and boggled my mind.

It is no secret that light-skinned women are put on a pedestal by the media in today’s society and it is also nothing new. The division between light and dark-skinned African-Americans dates all the way back to slavery.

Most of us know the story:

Lighter skinned slaves, usually the offspring of the slave master, were commonly house slaves, while darker skinned slaves labored in the fields. The animosity between dark and light skinned black people grew from there. After slavery was abolished the tension lingered and there was a separation between the two groups. Tests were created to determine who was “fit” to be accepted into certain clubs and churches. The brown paper bag test, for example measured a person’s skin hue against a brown paper bag. If your skin was darker you were not accepted. In another test, establishments would hang combs in the tops of doorways and if a person walked through and their hair snagged they were not admitted entrance.

Today, perhaps we aren’t doing these types of tests but how much has really changed? The majority of women we see in magazines, movies and music videos are light skinned. What does that say about how society as a whole views black women? To me it says: “Black women are not pretty unless they look as close to white as possible.” As a black woman, this offends and quite honestly hurts my feelings.

When I heard the song, “Right Above It,” I was offended by the line where Lil’ Wayne says that a black woman would look better “red,” or light-skinned. From then on he was on my bad side, but after reading that interview he is UNDER MY SHOE! That’s how little I think of him.

If I could speak to Lil’ Wayne, this is what I would say to him:

Hey IDIOT! Do you understand the hate in what you just said about your daughter? And do you understand the negative effects your statements are going to have on her when she hears them??? You just called her ugly! You are the reason little girls walk around hating the way they look and wanting to bleach their skin!! I hope parents stop allowing their kids to listen to your music(not that they should have in the first place since your lyrics are shear senselessness) because ignorance is contagious and I wouldn’t anyone gaining their view of what beauty is from you. Not to mention you yourself are a dark-skinned! So what your crude comments really say is, “I hate the way I look and I wish I was closer to Drake’s complexion.” I feel pity for you. Either get yourself together or stop speaking altogether!

If I could speak to Lil’ Wayne’s daughter I would tell her this:

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! And don’t let your father or anyone else tell you that your dark skin makes to any less beautiful then the Mixed, Puerto Rican, Asian, or White girl standing next to you. Don’t let them take away the love you have for yourself.

I realize I’m not a dark-skinned female but I’m offended all the same. I’M SICK OF THIS SELF HATE! So let it be known that from this moment forward I STRONGLY DISLIKE Lil’ Wayne and I AM AGAINST HIS MUSIC AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR.

….Whew! I feel better now! 

If anyone would like to read the paper I wrote for my history class I’ve attached a PDF below. Take a look if this topic interests you too.

The Stain Bleach Wont Remove


  1. It is not a an interview. It is an anonymous claim sent from a person to GOSSIP website. Since when did gossip webistes become a legitimate source of news?

  2. Lil Wayne

    I used to love her.
    Fuck it, I still do.
    Cause love never die.
    But it can kill you.
    I pray to heaven sky that it never kill me.
    It can get you real weak, but fuck it, I'm a lil G.
    My baby girl thought I was fucking every little freak.
    But darling, I was raised by a woman, that ain't the real me.
    Still she, managed to spill out a little me.
    Watched the doctors wipe the blood from her little feet.
    And god damn, she resembles me.
    She's my forgiveness for every sin and penalty living in me.
    She should be living with me.
    But what am I to do, when her mother disagree.
    I do me.


    How can something so right, go so wrong (x 4)

    (Verse 2)

    I even took your hand.
    And walked down the aisle.
    It takes a strong man.
    To do that young and wild.
    Look at your wedding band.
    That 17 thousand.
    But still she took the stand.
    Now I pay for my child.
    And there comes divorce.
    Mama I had to file.
    And as sad as it sounds, Mama I'm happy now.
    And my other girl got a new baby daddy now.
    And retaliation hurts, she getting married now.
    And when I lay down to sleep.
    I feel like I have died, I can be carried out, and buried now.
    But hear me now.
    I am here and now.
    So appealing til I dissapear, but still it got me feeling like.


    Verse 3)

    I'm in my early twenties.
    And all the ladies dig me.
    They like that baby face.
    They like the baby in me.
    That's why its Weezy Baby.
    And please say the baby.
    You know that nigga Baby.
    Yea he done paid me crazy.
    I won a few Source Awards, I haven't won an oscar.
    So I don't know how to act like my sweet ain't sour.
    So I run to my mama.
    She let me smoke and fret bout' my drama, then give me power.
    Imma go and use all my knowledge, and get acknowledged.
    If the Protools stop recording I'm still balling.
    I know you probably don't care bout' where my heart is.
    But just to let you know its where yours is.


  3. Even if he didnt say what was quoted in the interview, i still hold firm that he harbors that view of darkskinned women because of what he says in right above it, so I would still say the same thing to him. And if he doent feel that way at all this is a message to those who feel that way

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