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MY MOMMA USE TO TELL ME DON'T MARRY NO DARKSKINNED WOMAN

MY MOMMA USE TO TELL ME DON'T MARRY NO DARKSKINNED WOMAN

It is called colorism. In African American culture, we privileges the near-white or light-complexioned person over the darker-hued.” be it black. be it brown. I am considered of a brown-skinned hue myself but my mother was of darker skin than me and my father much lighter. Being my mother came from the Mississippi Delta dark-skinned women and families left a bitter taste in her mouth. And maybe that bitter taste was from voodoo being cast around her. Voodoo is a sensationalized pop-culture caricature of voudon, an Afro-Caribbean religion that originated in Haiti, though followers can be found in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the United States and elsewhere. But for the US predominantly in the Southern states. It was known to get, or control a man.

According to my mother dark-skinned women were known for the voodoo practices because that was the only way for some to get and keep a man. They applied potions from the rooter to the tooter. There is a "bad is black effect" a sinister way of thinking that dark-skinned is evil. In 1994 Time magazine ran a controversial cover photo of O.J. Simpson’s mugshot that, to some readers, seemed to have been intentionally altered to make Simpson’s skin look darker than normal that would give him that sinister look.

Is there something to this belief because the woman who tried to do in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Sam Cooke were dark-skinned women by the name of Izola Ware Curry and Bertha Lee Franklin. And for me personally most of the women my mother pointed out to me who were known to have a seedy lifestyles were dark-skinned. Coincidence, maybe but nevertheless I took it all into consideration. My mother use to always say to me, "Boy look out for your kids" even before they were born. Which meant that if she was dark the child or children will be also. I guess looking back in time the same lesson should have been directed at light-skinned men. Because they seemed to have a very high self esteem and women were a dime a dozen. But are darker skinned women more sinister than the light-skinned ones.