luv u (except if ur white then...we have to make a proposition here sry).
Ade Egun Cripsin Robinson: Dear Son of Baldwin: not all light-skinned Black people are infected with White Privilege. Please don't perpetuate this stereotype which only serves to divide us more. Surely the central problem - as you usually so eloquently remind us - is White Privilege, not light skin vs dark skin. Blessings from one super light bredrin who's tired of being assumed 'uppity' by dark skin folk... Di whole a we a one people iyah... One love
Ade Egun Cripsin Robinson: Further...how does it help to undermine a Black movie that is attempting to address White Privilege solely because it doesn't have enough darker-skinned characters for your liking?
Son of Baldwin: Denying that light-skinned black people are the beneficiaries of light-skinned privilege (whether they can face it or not) is akin to white people denying they are the beneficiaries of white privilege. In fact, the denial is, in itself, an admission. It says that you can't deal with the guilt or face the most obvious of facts, and so your only recourse is to enter a conversation to defend light-skinnedness and ask that we ignore it so that you can feel more comfortable about your light skin. I can't and won't do that.
That whole "not all" argument immediately raises my ire because it tries to negate The Rule by touting The Exception.
No one here is saying that light-skinned black people don't face hardships or don't experience racism from a white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchal world. What I'm saying, at least, is that no matter what experiences with racism light-skinned black people face, dark-skinned black people experience it worse. And the evidence of that is so pervasive that all you would have to do is look to the media to see it.
You might be new here, Ade, but this is NOT the space where we shut down dialogue because it makes people uncomfortable. Light-skinned privilege is a constant topic of discussion here. We discuss it ALONGSIDE white supremacy--as it is, I believe, a product of white supremacy. Yes, the whole light vs. dark thing is a plot by white supremacy to divide and conquer. But at the same time, light-skinned privilege is a REAL THING that light-skinned black people benefit from in ways large and small (whether they recognize it or not) to the DETRIMENT of dark-skinned black people. So I'm not going to take your advice and treat this situation as either/or.
Instead, I'm going to treat it as both/and.
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