Swirl keeps on winning! OWN aired the documentary “Dark Girls” Sunday night and we heard quite a few comments bashing the “white male to the rescue” undercurrent that seemed to be one of the major themes in the film.
Via DailyMail reports:
A documentary that analyzes why dark-skinned women may not be as desired in America also takes a look at some white men who can’t get enough of them.
Dark Girls offers a frank discussion about life as a dark-skinned African American from the viewpoint of women who’ve lived their lives with a skin tone that made them feel unwanted.
But within what is often a painful and unfair world there is the occasional exception.
In this story, that exception comes in the form of white men who find Dark Girls irresistible.
Case in point: hip-hop writer Soren Baker, who describes a time in elementary school before he’d even dated a girl when he knew he was more attracted to African American women.
‘I remember distinctly going to my father and saying, “Dad, would you mind if I did marry a black woman one day?” His response to me was, “As long as she looks good, I don’t care what color she is’” Baker recalled.
‘I am married to an African American woman,’ says Baker.
But the film’s other subjects—the African American women themselves—maintain that Baker’s experience and taste in women remains uncommon.
According to the documentary’s official website, the women discuss ‘deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.’
Baker isn’t the only exception, however.
‘It wasn’t an effort to go find the deepest, darkest, chocolate sister out there,’ explains another white man about the lead up to his marriage to an African American woman.
To him, the process may not have started as early as it did for Baker, but the result was the same.
‘You’re not more ethnic if you’re darker. That just happened to be who [my wife] was,’ he says.
In a film that questions even the acceptance of darker skin tones by fellow African Americans these men’s voices stand out.
But the goal of the film may not be simply to show how unfair the world is. The women describe times in their lives they were singled out, ignored, or worse for their dark skin in order to educate but also to help them and women like them come to terms with the issue.
‘Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society,’ reads the website, ‘while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.’
Did you watch “Dark Girls”? Were you offended by the inclusion of white men explaining their attraction to black women? Or do you think those men should be celebrated for breaking societal taboos?