This post comes on the heels of controversy surrounding Eric Benet's latest song, "Redbone Girl". Apparently the masses are up in arms about Eric's ode to the woman with a lighter hue.
You see, in the African-American community, celebrating or paying homage to "light skin" is considered offensive and a variable of self-hate. Throughout history, African-Americans, as well as other people of color, were made to feel ashamed of darker skin. With growth and acceptance, a movement of celebration aligned with darker hues and as usual, pop culture joined the ride.
Pop culture embraced Eric's previous song, Chocolate Legs, as he gave a proclamation of desire to a dark skin woman. Other artists, such as India Arie, note the beauty of one's brown skin.
As a race of multiple hues and who have endured then became triumphant in regards to race relations, is it valid to have an argument against a song about the beauty of one's huge?
Can one be celebrated without the assumption of discount upon the other?
Tell me what you think.