Instagram – @kodakblack
Kodak Black needs a PR rep and media training immediately. He is still at the stage in his life where he thinks not having a filter is cool. He hasn’t grasped the concept of speaking your mind without offending others. Kodak has had his share of run-ins with the law and was just recently released from jail. I guess now that he is free he has decided to say what he wants.
Social media has a way of giving you the illusion that you can say what you want. For example, about a week ago someone asked Kodak on his Instagram live what he thought about KeKe Palmer. “Keke Palmer, she straight, I’d bag her, but I don’t really like black girls like that, sorta kinda.” Kodak said.
Of course Kodak got destroyed on Twitter and because he was being attacked he went back to social media to clarify his stance right before he deleted his instagram “I love Black African American women its just not my forte to deal with a “darskin” woman I prefer them to have a lighter complexion than me #MyPreference #F**kYou,” I’m sure that worked exactly how he wanted to, but just to make sure while he was at a basketball game and some publication gave him another opportunity to make things right he says “If [a man] can say he like skinny women, if he prefers skinny women more than a chubby or heavy-set woman, he can say that and nobody will get mad at him,” he said. “I can say that I don’t like women with my complexion, I like light skin women, I want you to be lighter than me. I love African-American women, but I don’t like my skin complexion.”
Then he says “We too gutter. Black people, my complexion, we too gutter,” he said. “Light skin women, they’re more sensitive. [Dark skin women], they too tough. Light skin women, we can break ‘em down more easy.”
Instagram – @amberrose
Now the founder of “The Slut Walk” Amber Rose is all hurt because she was so pretty and light skin when she was younger that it ruined her life and we should all come together as one color and sing bad and bougie in unison.
In all truth, I don’t have any opinion on how Kodak Black or how Amber Rose feels. I have more of an opinion on what makes them feel the way that they do. I take issue with people acting like all of this is brand new. Ummmm…we live in America, where according to the Guardian and data collected for The Counted, Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year. This is the same country where Bill Maher’s mention of the word House Nigger stirs up controversy because he used the word Nigger, but let’s be real if Bill was black he’d be light skin and probably would be a House Nigger and he would be happy about it.
This is the same country where certain Black Greek organizations would used what is called the brown paper bag test to determine who their members would be.
You can scan social media on any given day and see someone being accused of being light skin meaning acting weak, or shady, or whatever definition fits at the moment. Those same platforms may say some one is acting dark skin meaning being aggressive, tough and mean. It’s all just jokes until a celebrity says it then everybody is all up in arms.
Colorism did not start with Kodak Black. He is a victim of it. So much so that he doesn’t even realize how he is perpetuating self hate by sharing a preference for a skin tone based on how he thinks someone with a darker skin tone acts.
Miss me with the fake outrage about what Kodak said and let’s deal with how racism how clearly made us so sick that we don’t even love ourselves and the skin that we are in properly.
There has been a race of people in this world who have conquered, colonized, raped and pillaged and they would pass the brown paper bag test with flying colors. So who is really gutta?
It’s time we deal with this head on. And in the words of Posdanus from De La Soul “I know this so I point at Q-Tip and he states Black is Black.”
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