I’m looking forward to Bradinn French’s new documentary “Dark Girls,” which covers issues of skin-color bias and pain amongst Black women.

While many people would love to believe that color is no longer an issue, and that we are post-racial, post-color struck–post-anything that forces them to admit that all things are not even in this world, and that we have much work to do–the many subjects interviewed for the film sing a very different tune. One of the most heart-wrenching anecdotes comes from a woman who talks about hearing her mother describe her features to a friend; she felt proud of her mom’s adoration of how beautiful she was, until she added “If she had any lightness in her skin at all, she’d be gorgeous!” There is also footage of an adorable dark-skinned girl taking the famed Doll Test, in which she is shown pictures of identical little dolls varying only in complexion. She assigns “dumb” and “ugly” to the darkest doll, “because she black” and describes the lightest doll as “smart” and “good looking,” explaining to the interviewer “because she light-skinned.”

Though we know that not all darker sisters suffer great indignities or issues with self image, nor is life a crystal stair for those of us who are lighter, this film continues a long conversation that is still very important. So long as we have people amongst us who gladly uphold the damning “White is right” standard–assigning favor to people based upon their proximity to it, we can’t let this one go. This is something we can get past, this does not have to continue. As one of the comments on the director’s Vimeo page says “It was (White) people who started this and it’s up to my people to end it.”

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  • Choc

    I apologize for the errors..hope everyone understood what I typed.

  • Lauren

    where and when can i watch the documentary, because there is no info on that?! so annoying…like is it in the movies is gonna be on t.v?

  • Lauren


    Skin color has nothing to do with anything scientific! you see a white and a black bunny them mofos don’t not mate with one another. It’s sickening how society has caused many to hate themselves for no real reason. Skin color has nothing to do with attractiveness, it’s a gosh darn shade. Dear dark skinned women, nay, all women all of you are beautiful, the mothers of the human race, from gorgeous dark chocolate brown, to pale lovely white we mix n match and we all deserve respect, and should be recongnized for our unique beauty in all forms. Skin color is so insignificant in the grand scheme of life! It sad that anyone is made to feel less, because of some persons ignorance and down right stupidty!