Light-Skinned Women on Feeling They're 'Not Black Enough' | Light Girls | Oprah Winfrey Network

Light-Skinned Women on Feeling They're 'Not Black Enough' | Light Girls | Oprah Winfrey Network



In Bill Duke’s ‘Light Girls,’ real women share their emotional testimonials of what it’s like to be told you’re not “a real black person.” For more on #Light Girls, visit Oprah.com.

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  • rosegoldbb Reply

    We come in all shades baby
    The slaves in the house were still SLAVES🌟

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Gwen Duh Reply

    Just seem like dark skinned people getting praise for just being black Smfh the truth never heard light skinned getting the same treatment.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • splendor Inthegrass Reply

    kim looks black not even that light skin she takes off that blond wig and lighter make up she looks like the rest of us black women. Her momma was light skin though

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Layla Joe Reply

    The second lady is genuine

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Yamulamba Pretorius Reply

    Hello people!!! Black people are usually of a various tones of brown, they are medium-brown, dark brown, yellowish-brown, "bluish"-brown, dark reddish-brown, caramel-colored. All these colours are found in varying degrees in African populations, depending on the regions, places. A person of mixed ancestry can also claim to be Black, because they are, it is part of their make-up. In a skin tone-based society, it is true some may be more discriminated than others. However it is not the fault for a "light-skinned" Black person either. It is very stupid when Black people persecute each other especially knowing the past. Stop the nonsense!!!

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Ben Cart Wright Reply

    Loll is this a real thing like is this an actual problem ?

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Nora Ester R Iluminada Reply

    That is why ethnias should not mix. Children suffer because they do not know where they belong to.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Lizay Skyy Reply

    Wow this hit home.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Sheen Abcd Reply

    Light skin people are not black they are mixed !!!!!!!!!!!! 👍🏻👍🏿

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • blue robot Reply

    As a light skinned, I literally had most of my friends assume I was mixed and a person telling me I'm not black because I'm light skinned….

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Wrath Aka Revenger Reply

    Black isn’t a race. So no one is black. You are either African or Latino-Caribbean. Mixed are others. A half. Sorry you didn’t ask to be born that way.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • King Coman Reply

    first of all, there is no such thing as light skin.. its PALE skin

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • ITSLIKEARIVER2000 Reply

    LOL

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Denise Nunja Reply

    Its like being coloured in South Africa

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • shawnmariep Reply

    How is she trying to be more Black

    Wearing a blonde wig?

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • jayla._ .badddie Reply

    I can relate so much😭😢😭

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Bad Taste Reply

    Why do mix people wanna be Black so bad?!! Why not embrace both sides?

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Sasha Lyles Reply

    Yep, as a light skinned African American…I was always told i "Thought I was better"… and "You aint really black, you have European blood"…ppl try to denounce my blackness….my boyfriend teases me and calls me Guadalupe as if i'm hispanic….and i find it offensive. I'm black…

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Anna Lexi Reply

    The last person’s story always gets me.. 😢😢

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Slow Turtle Love Bug Reply

    I'm light skin and I grew up being told that I wasn't really pretty, the only thing that made me beautiful was my skin colour, they said if I was dark, I'd be ugly

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Gus Alcon Reply

    This happens when you are mixed. You have to make your own life see where you fit.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Sandra Cryor Reply

    Because dark and brown skinned people make it cool to make fun of light skinned blacks like really you black people's are the racist one's.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Edwin Torres Reply

    Just like when you're gay, black people can be very cruel to things they don't want to embrace!!! People think African Americans are very liberal but there quite the opposite!

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Sylvia Lawson Reply

    I'M BLACK AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN INSECURE…STUPID PEOPLE

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Kwa Taylor Reply

    This brings a tear to my eyes because it’s sooo true. Mixed culture never really belongs anywhere but we try so hard to. Dark women are bleaching to become lighter and light women are tanning to become darker and its all very damaging to our skin. Not everyone is strong enough to know that they are beautiful no matter what the flaws or skin color but it’s true 🥰

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Ife O Reply

    That woman has the prettiest blue green eyes

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Phillip Datcher Reply

    Sometimes I wonder if white folks know how divided we "black" folks are. I mean do they realize how we go so much harder at each other than the folks that actually hate us???

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • mini muka Reply

    I actually relate to this and that hurts. "Being mixed is both a curse and a blessing" preachhhh because u don't know where you belong but u can fit in anywhere mannn🤞🔥🔥so tru!

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Lamont Arnold Reply

    Im proud of being mixed race liteskinned

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Bishop Fuller Reply

    Sad
    But
    TRUE
    Even in 2019

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Issa Fluff Reply

    Yeah this happened to me lol. If I was ever bullied it was by black kids and if I didn't fit in it was around other black kids.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • In The Mix Radio Reply

    Kym wake up.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Autumn Asters Reply

    This entire series is so problematic

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Patricia Stephen Reply

    I hear a lot of Africa around you
    We too are humans and hospitable Honey

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Ovrissa Reply

    One drop rule pretty much 🤭

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • coco curls Reply

    NOOOOO we dont blend in everywhere!!!!! we are alone!!!and we never fit in EVER

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Carrol Martin Reply

    To me, all shades of black is BEAUTIFUL!

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Carrol Martin Reply

    I was dogged so bad in my childhood because I was so light. I use to wish I could wake up dark so the suffering would stop. My mom said that no matter what dark girls call you names, never ever call them dark or black. The most ugly comment was made to me was, "You think you are white." I personally think that all that stems from slavery, when the lighter slaves worked in the house. Just another way to keep us devided. We're still devided even today.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • coumputer galz Reply

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF BLACK WOMEN THEY SAY DARK SKIN WOMEN NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE DARK I'M NOT DARK

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • pink1237480 Reply

    I dont care what anyone else says I'm black yes I'm light skinned but my black is beautiful too.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Kam Lu Reply

    Kim you’re black enough omg.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Camisha Anderson Reply

    Man a lot of y'all in the comments need to Google Willie Lynch how to make a slave don't say nobody told you

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • SKYY not the Vodka Reply

    Black Americans, what does it mean to be black in America? I’m a human being with various cultural & ethnic backgrounds & have been accused in the past of being ashamed of the pigment of my skin (though a lighter shade) by people of a darker hue than myself. I was accused of being ashamed of being black because I don’t prescribe to dressing “black,” speaking “black” or listening to “black” music (mostly rap). I never understood the mindset of black Americans who would claim I’m not black enough or ashamed of being black because I don't act “black.”

    What does it mean to be black in America? To truly understand this question you have to go back in history when our African ancestors arrived to this country in chains, stripped from their life of freedom & forced into slavery, serving the white man & satiating his every whim.

    What took place as our ancestors were brought to this country by force? Our ancestors were forced to abandon their native tongue, to adopt a white name in place of their native name, to abandon their religion & forced into accepting Christianity by the white man & forced to assimilate into white culture. Thus, erasing what it truly means to be “black” in this alien & foreign country. What black Americans think it means to be “black” is actually an illusion, because our identity was stripped away from us as soon as our ancestors arrived in this country & replaced with a fusion of white mentality & a new assemblence of black identity.

    And so my brethren the next time you are accused of being ashamed of your culture or what you look like because you don’t act “ black” enough remember there is no such thing as being “black” in a white society, where black people were forced to assimilate & adopt a white mentality. Whether black Americans realize it or not, we’re black people living in a alien country who have no true identity other than the one the white man has bestowed upon us so graciously. How many black Americans practice African traditions? To be “black” enough you have to be African enough, that’s where we originated from & that is where our native culture, language & traditions lie; not in soul food, rap music, baby mamas etc. that all is a byproduct of the white man.

    #blackinamerica #blackhistory #eyesopen #notblackenough

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • ethan95 91 Reply

    Who wants to be black ? Lol

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • naomi tay Reply

    the sad thing is when u r light skin lady u r always have Accused being bleaching ur skin and by the way its worst when u not mixed people makes u feel bad by being u

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • نعيمة السنهاجي Reply

    That's what you get from mixing

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Honey Bunny Reply

    Because of black people.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • agree to disagree Reply

    i am either sometimes ashamed to be black and a lot of the time i contemplate whether i am black enough.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Alyssa Kane Reply

    I don’t see dark girls bullying lightskins no more.. I usually see it the other way around. let’s touch on “dark girls”

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Kam Lu Reply

    I was shocked at the part in the doc that they feel that only light women are raped. I didn’t know that. The victims I worked with were light dark dark light. Smh.

    July 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm

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