Many of my friends have been sharing a preview clip from the documentary “Dark Girls”, a film about the struggles of darker skinned black women in western culture. It’s an issue I’ve wrestled with on my own and read a lot about, and I was glad someone wanted to take a deeper look at it. However, what stood out to me was a (white) person who commented on the video, 'thank you for sharing this, I’m not sure if I would have known about it any other way.'
I’m glad that person decided to check the video out, because I believe “not knowing” contributes a lot to race relations in this country. When the movie “Good Hair” came out, I was completely shocked that most (white) people didn’t realize that black women’s hair doesn’t grow straight. Coming to college, I learned that a lot of elements of black history that were second nature to me were completely unheard of to many. I guess that one week of black history is not enough each year isn’t enough.
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