Misogynoir, colourism and anti-blackness invade “peoples lives” every day. When I saw how Lil Kim had changed, I could only empathise
Amid all the pitch-black daughter ardour emanating from Beyoncs bright video album Lemonade, Black Twitter blew up on Sunday in response to rapper Lil Kim exposing a new look on Instagram. After what looks like extensive cosmetic surgery to her facial peculiarities, lighter surface, and a straight blonde knit, she scarcely resembles the only wife to ever outrap Biggie on a racetrack. The notorious K.I.M. appears lily-white. There were motley actions from pitch-black social media users; some people established parodies and memes, some were simply eluded, and numerous reacted with sorrow. White social media was largely silent. I detected myself curiously defensive of Lil Kims decision to alter her appearing. While not exactly endorsing her examination, I could certainly understand it.
When I first appreciated the portraits of Lil Kim, I tweeted some thoughts I had about the capacity that misogynoir( the intersection of anti-woman and anti-blackness) plays in the way we pitch-black women and girls viewpoint ourselves. I was specific addressing my working experience with intraracial misogyny( pitch-black men sexism toward pitch-black wives) and colourism( their own choices for lighter surface) in the black community in trying to comprehend how someone could so drastically adapt her appearing. But that discussion, like such discussions around Lemonade, is a discussion for black people. Instead, Im interested in discussing the real beginnings of misogynoir, colourism, and anti-blackness. Im very interested in discussing lily-white predominance and the monolithic European knockout standard.
You learn, we live in a world-wide where lily-white is the default and pitch-black is the exception, the other. This holds true from television shows to beauty give supermarkets( when is the last time you appreciated a mansion announcing White Beauty Supply ?). The thought of impossible knockout standards for women is well documented, and it is especially true for pitch-black women and girls. We down portraits that emphasise the Eurocentric beauty standard, which then advises us about how our mass are expected to engage in society.