Special thanks to Lorraine May for delivering this stinking pile of turd news to my Facebook inbox. Apparently some St. Louis club promoters thought it would be a REALLY GREAT IDEA! to organize a competition between light skinned, brown skinned, and dark skinned women to see who wins. According to U.S. News and World Report, “promotional materials, including the poster pictured, promised a contest to see which African-American women are most attractive â€” those with light skin, those with brown skin or those with dark skin.”
Apparently the club promoters, who are black, are shocked, SHOCKED! that they have received such a backlash about their well-meaning “celebration” of the varying levels of melanin in black women.
When the heat got hot in the kitchen, one of the promoters posted this on his Facebook page:
MACK TV WOULD LIKE TO CLEAR UP THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF OUR CONCEPT FOR THIS PARTY…ITS NOT TO DEGRADE WOMEN OR DIVIDE SKIN COLORS. ITS SIMPLY TO SEE WHICH COMPLEXION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RACE REPRESENTS THE MOST (lightskinned, caramel-brown, or darkskinned) AS A WHOLE , MALE & FEMALE! I CAN SEE THE MISUNDERSTANDING WITH OUR PROMO…..WE COULD HAVE USED A BETTER CHOICE OF WORDS….WE DID NOT MEAN TO OFFEND THE OFFENDED
ITS BLACK HISTORY MONTH , SO WE MADE A PARTY THEME DEDICATED TO OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN CROWD. THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS LOVING THIS PARTY BECAUSE HERE’S THE FIRST TIME EVER YOU CAN COME OUT & BE PROUD THAT YOU ARE BLACK!! REGARDLESS OF YOUR SKIN TONE SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION & MISLEADING INFO.
ITS BLACK HISTORY MONTH , SO LETS BE PROUD OF THE SKIN WE’RE IN!! REPRESENT YOUR COMPLEXION!
What a stinking, rank, turd-filled diaper of a statement that was, huh? Sorry Nelly Da’ Celeb, your PR person sucks. Nobody with two brain cells to rub together is buying what you’re selling. You know what you did, you’re just backtracking because the local St. Louis chapter of the NAACP is kicking your arse, along with so many other folks who are sick and tired of the blatant colorism that’s happening in the black community. Oh, the irony that they would do this during Black History Month. And check out the address of the event–it’s on Martin Luther King Blvd. LMAO!! DELICIOUS! You just CAN NOT make this kind of stupidity up.
People can cry all day long about who originated colorism and dredge up ancient history in order to deflect their disgusting behaviors. But if these folks are now INSTRUMENTAL IN THE PERPETUATION of this kaa-kaa, they have now joined the ranks of the oppressors, and are now their minions. Enlightened black women must keep away from these toxic people at all costs. Time to separate the wheat from the trash.