*This post was originally posted 04/12/2015 and later restored, reedited and republished. Read about that here. It may or may not contain original photos used.
*I read this interview before the controversy.*
Although I understand how colorism exist, I don’t understand why we continue to let it exist. Today’s topic is Marshawn Lynch featuring the light skin and dark skin woman.
Lynch plays for the Seattle Seahawks and gained mainstream popularity this year for his candid post game interviews. Basically he’s the reason everyone is responding, “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” Yes him, the Black dude from the memes.
Lynch sat down with XXL Magazine to discuss music, particularly hip-hop. Since 97.05% of hip-hop lyrics is saturated with sexism he was asked who he thought are the 10 hottest women trending and then asked his dating preference. I just knew if Rihanna didn’t make the cut he would lose a fan who was never a fan.
Nicki Minaj (obvious)
Dej Loaf (…)
Mya (classic beauty)
Netta Brielle (she cute, she cute)
Sanaa Lathan (how dare she be this low)
J. Lo (how dare she be below Cassie)
“Anything with curly hair, fair skin, pretty-ass teeth and a sexy-ass personality, that’s probably number one…”
Now when he says “anything” is it safe to say poodles, Chia Pets, and/or tennis balls are in that number? But the controversy started when the interview responded, “You said light-skinned or did I hear that wrong?” Which he reiterated “I said fair-skinned…she’s going to be a little bit more brown…”
Yes homegirl, you heard wrong. After reading the interview and surfing around gossip/entertainment blogs, I couldn’t help but call bullshit on the bullshit. I won’t say who but I came across a blogger who argued fair and light skin are the same. If Lynch was attempting to be politically correct to avoid trouble, trouble found him.
I’m not about to do this with y’all, nah. When you take issue with someone saying fair skin because it allegedly is the same as light skin: you’re unintentionally advancing colorism. You are. You’re offended one didn’t choose light or dark based on the stigma that light is good and dark is bad deriving from the issue that colorism in the Black community in itself is a caste system.
You know what I’ve noticed: There is a double standard to the advantage of women (and believe me do not have many). There isn’t nearly as much outrage when a woman says she likes a man of a certain complexion. We can say we like a dark brotha’ all day long and get some high fives, but men are to tread light. I may be wrong, then again, Lynch is being criticized for saying “fair skin”.
I’m refused to be offended over preference. You may not agree with it, but you can’t control who a person prefers to date. When I hear fair skin, I see a mixture of light and dark complexion; I don’t clump people in two surface categories. I don’t hear fair skin and immediately think it’s of someone who can pass as white. I genuinely think someone who is a medium brown shade. That’s it. I myself, am trying to break the years of ingrained colorism I’ve witnessed growing up. For starters I try to make it a point to drop the “skin” part and instead say complexion. Chocolate substitutes dark, deep substitutes dark and I start off by saying brown. I reject choosing both categories and find not only what’s right for but for others.