By Sonya Dickerson
Light skin is better than dark skin in America.
There is a certain hierarchy that those like gossip columnist, Jason Lee, reality show star Evelyn Lozada, and the cast of Basketball Wives frequently love to ignore. There are benefits in this country to having light skin, but there are some members of our community that would love to downplay these benefits or say that they don’t exist at all.
In America, white supremacist beliefs teaches that white people are at the highest of the chain. Light skinned black people are closer to the bottom, but certainly not at the bottom. Then you have dark skinned people with more Eurocentric features. Malaysia Pargo and Kristen Scott, cast members of the show, Basketball Wives, fall in this category. Last on the list, you have dark skinned people with more African features like a larger nose and thick lips. Cast member OG, or Ogun Chinjindu fall in this category.
Ogun is absolutely stunning, in my opinion. She is an athletic and intelligent black woman who clashed with the more aggressive and violent personalities of Evelyn Lozada and Tami Roman. Even though those two women have actually jumped up and attacked people, somehow OG was crowned the title of “aggressive” and was made to film in a remote location, kept apart from the other cast members. OG never attacked anyone, and yet it left many viewers to wonder that if she had, who would have gotten the best of whom. (Hint: OG would have done some serious damage if she needed to.)
She began to throw around the term “colorist” to describe some of her castmates after Evelyn used a gorilla emoji to describe Ogun. A petition began to circulate around the internet to get rid of Evelyn after her racist insinuations, but there were many people that jumped to her rescue. They adamantly denied that they were colorist and even went on to file lawsuits for defamation of character against OG, despite using a gorilla emoji against the same castmate.