(Photos: Porter Magazine, EBONY, Teen Vogue)
By Abi Ishola
It’s true-the face of the young, celebrated, modern-day black feminist is light skinned, or biracial. Think Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith, and Zendaya Coleman. It’s also true that it’s been the the aesthetic of popular black feminists in the past. Think Angela Davis and bell hooks.
This point was rehashed on the Son of Baldwin Facebook page. The post highlighted a series of tweets from Pax Jones, the woman who launched the Unfair and Lovely photo series addressing colorism with her classmates from Sri Lanka. According to Jones:
“I love Amandla & Zendaya, but are we going to acknowledge that the face of young black feminism is the light skinned, biracial aesthetic?”
“Dark gurls have always spoken up, but don’t get onto vogue & receive praise for being opinionated. If ur dark, ur just ‘mad’.”
“Until yall acknowledge ur privilege, I don’t care to hear another light skin black gurl with curly hair talk about how hard being a BW is.”
“Your experience is not shared w/dark women, yet you’re given the platform to represent all of us. No. Tired.”