I’m thinking about writing a more thorough post on this topic but I just need to get a rant out tonight about this subject courtesy of the NBA Finals. I noticed on social media, particularly in YouTube comments and Twitter that black people have made this a lightskin vs darkskin thing just cause Curry is the former and LeBron is the latter. Then I also noticed they are comparing their skin tones of both families with Curry’s side being lighter and LeBron’s being brown. This shit is crazy. Then I’m watching a video after the game tonight with this vlogger who usually only post battle rap related stuff. He posts up a video of the final minutes of the game. Him holding his camera to the TV doing commentary. He is steady calling Curry a “lightskin nigga” (the vlogger is darkskin). I reported that video cause I knew he only posted it up to get them NBA views but more so cause of that insult. Plus it’s copyright material. (unfortunately YouTube requires the NBA themselves to flag it). I also unsubscribed to him.
Okay, here is why I named the title that. I have noticed it’s darker skinned people that perpetuate the lightskin vs darkskin. I have not once heard a lightskin people do any sort of commentary on a heavy shade and call them “that darkskin nigga.” Every time I hear someone call another by their shade it’s always a damn darkskin person. Me, personally, I am lightskin, and I can confirm this. I never addressed anyone by their skin tone but I have been called “red” and “light bright” by several darkskin people. Crazy part is most of them were dudes. I never called them “chocolate” or “darkie.” Then I’m always hearing about how don’t like us, especially the lighter skin men. The only person I know my shade who perpetrated that ignorance was my dad and I always ignored him when he “You lightskin. White people like you.” I hope he did like I asked and killed himself this Father’s Day.
So my question is what’s up with darkskin people? Is it some type of inferiority complex? Are y’all insecure? Then when you call them on their shit they like to say “calm down. It’s a joke.” Fuck your jokes! Punk ass sense of humor! Then also today I saw a girl on Twitter say it’s no more “bye Felicia. It’s now bye Ayesha.” The shirt was in the Cavaliers colors. The girl stated how much she wanted the shirt. I couldn’t help but notice she was darkskin.
UPDATE: Today, again, I click on a video of a vlogger who usually does hip hop videos. 5 seconds in he calls Steph Curry a “lightskin bitch.” Yes, the guy is darkskin. I notice these insults primarily come from darkskin males. Gotta be the most insecure people ever. Irony behind it all is we all black. Just different shades. There are a certain group of people who enjoy seeing this sort of division between us.