When I first saw this picture posted HERE via Black Girl With Long Hair, I sort of brushed it off.
The above is photo of Actor Lance Gross and wife Rebecca Jefferson, taken during their annual couples vacation in Big Bear, New York.
While I am a dark skinned black woman who speaks loudly and frequently about colorism (see my most recent post on the topic HERE), even I can get a little exhausted by the ways in which colorism divides and conquers every. single. day.
So I didn’t want give into it. I wanted to believe it was innocent fun, and on some level it was. I’m sure it was. However, this photo has sparked a debate about colorism, with many people seeing this picture as perpetuating the “lonely, single dark skin woman” stereotype. Furthermore, all of these dark skin black men are all booed up with women who could easily pass for a race other than black. So I gave the picture a second look, and allowed myself to see what everyone else saw right away. To add insult to injury, the woman sparking much of the debate offered this defense of the picture: