quote:Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
I think because you are closer to what is considered the beauty standard(or at least attempting to make yourself appear as such), you aren't comfortable with Black/African beauty being praised. Get over yourself.
I wanted to avoid discussing this topic further with Sister Daniella because I realize that for many biracial African-Americans, conceptions of beauty is a sensitive issue. Shortly after my last response to her, someone informed me about Daniella's biracial background, and then it became clear to me as to why this topic made her uncomfortable. We know that biracial children grow up being both praised and hated by both Blacks and Whites, specifically, for their skin complexion and hair texture, two characteristics over which they have no control. And as a biracial woman, to read someone praising the "Black side" of her racial makeup exclusively, may have been offensive. However, my purpose for starting this thread, and similar threads praising the beauty and accomplishments of Black women, is done only to shine a light on a segment of America's population that unfortunately gets very little, if any, positive attention and affirmation. For this reason, I will continue to start threads like these. However, I want to stress that these threads are not to mistaken as an attempt to dismiss the beauty and accomplishments of other women, but to show appreciation for the cultural/racial group to which I belong.