Marcie’s Media Moment: Mixed Race and Light Skin Do Not Accurately Reflect the Black Community

8 Aug


Mixed-raced children do not accurately reflect African American children, and I need the media to stop throwing them in our faces as if they do. Allow me to digress for a second.

Have you ever really looked at the advertisements in the newspapers and commercials?  These companies throw all of these curly-haired children with a touch of color in them to make it “seem” like they are actually trying to reach out to the Black community.  That’s garbage.  If they really want to reach out to the Black community, they need to have all color hues from tan to jet black.  I’m not saying not to include the mixed race children.  I am saying to more accurately reflect African Americans by including darker tones in advertisements. And, don’t just pick the light-skinned ones either.

I know this is probably not a reality in our forever racist America which has gotten progressively worse with a president of African-American descent (who is of mixed-race, by the way), but geez, at least try.

One last thing, I can’t wait until I finally get my business house in order, so my media projects can  be the epitome of diversity. I’m going to do my best to counter mainstream media images and stereotypes. I don’t care if they have more money than me; I can get a lot accomplished at the grassroots level with FREE social media tools.

Image: Hair We Go Products


11 Responses to “Marcie’s Media Moment: Mixed Race and Light Skin Do Not Accurately Reflect the Black Community”

  1. Jennifer Brown Banks August 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Much success in this endeavor, Marcie!

    • Marcie Hill August 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer. This is a long-term goal, but it’s on my radar.

  2. Allpeople Gifts November 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    THE FACTS on Mixed-Race Lineage …. =)
    1) It is often a surprise for people to learn that, in reality, there
    is actually No Such Thing As a “Light Skinned Black” person.
    2) Very few people seem to be aware of the fact that the term
    “Light Skinned Black” is really nothing more than a racist
    oxymoron created by Racial Supremacists in an effort to
    forcibly deny those Mixed-Race individuals, who are of
    a Multi-Generational Multiracially-Mixed (MGM-Mixed)
    lineage, the right to fully embrace and to also received
    public support in choosing to acknowledge the truth
    regarding their full ancestral heritage and lineage.
    3) The people who have been slapped with the false label and
    oxymoronic misnomer of “Light Skinned Black” person are simply
    Mixed-Race individuals — who are from families that have been
    CONTINUALLY Mixed-Race THROUGHOUT multiple generations.
    4) Seeing that every other Mixed-Race group is allowed the dignity
    of receiving support in having itself referred to by the term that
    it most prefers – the question becomes “Why should the
    situation be any different for those Mixed-Race
    individuals who are of an Multi-Generational
    Multiracially-Mixed (MGM-Mixed) lineage?”.
    5) If an MGM-Mixed individual would like to be referred to by the
    term ‘Mixed-Race’ (which is what they actually are) rather than by
    that of “Light-Skinned Black“ (a term, which, once again, has the
    racist-origin of being nothing more than an oxymoronic-phrase that
    was both created and coined by Racial Supremacists in an effort to
    try to deny these Mixed-Race people their right to and support in
    publicly acknowledging and also embracing their FULL-Lineage)
    there is no reason that they (like every other group on the planet
    – whether Mixed-Race or not) should not be allowed the right
    to choose the term that society uses in referring to them
    (and to have their full-lineage acknowledged within that term).
    ALSO …. here is a brief COMMENTARY on … the constant
    misapplication of the racist ‘One-Drop Rule’ ** (to the
    people who are of any part-Black / Mixed-Race Lineage):
    The racist ‘one-drop’ “rule” was made ‘illegal’ in the U.S. in
    1967 by the U.S. Supreme Court via the ‘Loving vs. VA’ case
    (i.e. The ‘Loving’ case) – where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled …
    — 1) All ‘Anti-Miscegenation’ Laws found throughout the U.S.;
    — 2) The racist ‘VA Racial Integrity Act’ (upon which most
    of the anti-miscegenation ‘laws’ were founded); and
    — 3) The (‘black-lineage mocking’ and exceedingly) racist
    ‘One-Drop Rule’ (upon which the ‘Act’ was based.)
    … as being ‘UN-Constitutional’ (i.e. illegal, banned, etc.).]
    Listed below are links to data on the Historical MYTH
    of a Color-Based / Slave-Role HIERARCHY — as well
    as the Urban LEGEND of Paper-Bag, Blue-Vein and
    Other Allegations of Features-Based Entry ‘TESTS’:
    —-– AllPeople (AP) G.i.f.t.s.
    Founder and Moderator of the following
    online Lineage-Discussion Communities

    • Marcie Hill November 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

      Thank you for sharing this information with us. I will keep this in mind as I continue to read and learn about the history of people in this world.

  3. Allpeople Gifts November 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm #


    Thank you for responding to my post.
    How kind of you.
    Have a wonderful day.

    — AP


    • Marcie Hill November 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      Anytime anyone cares enough to educate me is a blessing, so I appreciate you stopping through and sharing your knowledge.

  4. Allpeople Gifts November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    The following link contains information on the racist, reeking,
    odious, ODR (‘One-Drop Rule’) — which, thank goodness,
    has finally been legally “cleared from the air” of the USA:
    Related Links:

    • Marcie Hill November 30, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      Your passion for this topic is great. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  5. Allpeople Gifts May 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm #



  6. Samantha September 5, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    I am “mixed race” because my skin is very fair, and our president, Mr. Obama, is black, because his skin is a nice rich brown? That is ludicrous, and apartheid. Sisters, my race is “black”, like the president’s, and his and my ethnicity is “mixed”, if you want to be exact. –Race- is a social identity, not a skin complexion. Separation politics stemming from racism, fear, and divide-and-conquer European techniques has spread propaganda that we (the black race) are to be divided by paper bag tests, eye color, nose shape, hair texture other traits. It’s foolish, we are black (I might have more white blood in me than most, but I will not be discarded or separated from my family). Sometimes due to racism light-skinned women are treated better by racist and/or ignorant people, even by ignorant people in our own race. Lighter skinned women remember their dark skinned children, their cousins, their grandparents, her spouse; she refuses to accept this ignorance that pains the heart. Darker skinned women remember that aunt, that grandmother, with the green eyes and pale skin, and refuse to think of her as not part of the family because she is lighter. We cannot let separation politics and ignorance divide us. I am also in favor of more variety of black children, more complexions and diverse images of black beauty (and success) need to be represented for our children. I want to see more medium to dark images of success and beauty as well, even though there is hardly not any at all, of any complexion.

    • Ms. Marcie September 7, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Samantha, I agree with everything you said. However, we need to be more mindful of media images because that is the single greatest influence in most people’s lives, in my opinion. And when I wrote that post, that is what I referring to. And yes, it would be great to see all shades of black beauty, not just a few.

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