History lesson cause this is like saying reverse racism exists!
Being seen as lighter was good in Victorian eras and women would use lead powder to achieve a whiter look because that meant they didn’t need to work outside and be in the sun, since that was a slave’s job. Whiteness was an indication to where you are in the social classes.
NOW white people go tanning and it’s seen as ideal cause tan = sun which means they have more time to be outdoors instead of being stuck inside, working in an office. So it’s the opposite for white people. Still a symbol of social status.
BUT being tan is only ideal if you’re a white kind of tan. Not if you’re a tan PoC. Then you’re just dark.
And whitening/bleaching products are known to have harmful and carcinogenic ingredients, but people still use it because of European colonialism in Asia and modern white standards of beauty still imposed all over the world today. So while white people can tan, everyone else with darker skin times are still taught that lighter = better. We are taught that being pale is the only way we will be seen as beautiful.
So the argument that what’s the big deal with saying someone looks better lighter, when white people go tanning to get darker, is completely invalid cause you fail to recognize the history and racism that comes with it and how colorism affects all PoC.
tumblr was so boring before i found black tumblr