It's a quiet Sunday afternoon. I went to the gym this morning and in my fervor to get fit, I think I pulled a stomach muscle (gotta get the abs tight for the summer!) so instead of doing some much-needed work, I've been watching the Death Wish marathon on AMC and periodically checking emails.
So a couple of minutes ago, I checked my Google Reader and came across a couple of posts from one of my faves, Black Snob and was appalled at this:
After writing two posts about the advertising/modeling industry suddenly scratching their heads and having their worlds turned upside down by clients wanting a more "ethnic" look in the kid campaigns due to First Daughter Fever, and reading unadulterated BULLSHIT like, "(T)he First Daughters are tough subjects to match" and “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill,” I can no longer stand idle and say do nothing.
So apparently advertisers and marketers are trying to make a buck by trying to find child models who resemble Malia and Sasha for upcoming campaigns - and are having a difficult time trying to find brown children who are.....biracial? Or 3/4's Black? or, as the above statement suggests, attractive, wealthy and Black?
Give me a f#$cking break.
First, all this marketing crap, such as T-shirts, mugs, the "Drunken Negro" cookies (created in sheer ignorance by a baker as a throwback to the good ol' minstrel days, I guess) , posters, flags, hairstyles, watching what Michelle Obama is wearing..caring about what Michelle Obama is wearing.......is wearing me thin.
I understand that the world has rapidly changed in terms of our dependence on technology and the overabundance of consumerism, since the days when Chelsea Clinton or even the drunken Bush twins entered the Oval Office. The first Black folks to enter the White House by the front door instead of the back have proven to be a very lucrative marketing tool for many Madison Avenue advertising firms to manipulate for their own gain. But what is really sad is how out of touch many people were prior to Obama entering the media's eye that yes, there are black people in America who actually have Ivy League educations, can afford designer clothes without being signed to a Hip-Hop label or slinging crack, and their children actually speak the Queen's English! But I've mentioned that before so I won't bother ranting about that nonsense again.
What unnerved me about Danielle's post was what initially came to my mind.
Thank God I don't have children.
It's not that I don't like kids or don't want kids - I am mildly afraid of kids, though, as I think that they can see right through me and realize I'd be a horrible, selfish parent - but what scares me most is if I were to have girls,how would they be received in this world?
Don't get me wrong - I see pretty black girls every day. But I also know pretty black women who have severe issues with self-esteem, depression, drug and alcohol abuse and other issues. They grew up thinking that they were not pretty or as worthy as their white counterparts. They grew up in a time when black folks were not regularly seen in mainstream media and as bullshit tends to run downhill, they had parents who did not validate not only their aesthetics, but their worth - that their beauty was equal to the white, Asian, Latina, etc. girls that they went to school with. They were told - sometimes directly that their natural hair is ugly, their round behinds, thick hips and full lips are unacceptable, and that when they voiced their opinion, that they would be feared, ostracized or even worse, simply ignored like they weren't even there. And again, as bullshit runs downhill and most importantly because so many people have been ingrained with the negativity that exists in society about black beauty, these pretty black women I know will most likely pass the same negative issues and messages on to their daughters. which is why I am glad I do not have girls of my own.
So I take great offense to the subject matter in Danielle's / Black Snob's posts. Not because it is ridiculously false, but because I see the hidden connotations behind advertising fims / modeling agency's ' struggles' to find black models who look like Malia and Sasha.