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  •  This was very educational (8+ / 0-)

    for this white woman.  Being a Southerner, I was aware of this type of "colorism", but I had no idea of the historical roots and social ramifications involved.  I intuitively understood that Michelle Obama was something special just on the basis of her skin tone and height, and it made me respect Barack so much more for marrying her - if that makes sense.  He didn't do what I see so many successful African American men doing - getting the "trophy" wife, either white or light skinned, as though that were somehow more prestigious.  I'm sure Beyonce and Halle Berry are very nice people, but would they be such symbols of beauty if they were darker skinned?  Would wealthy, successful men of any color want to marry them?

    One of my favorite celebrity types has long been Serena Williams.  She's tall, muscular, voluptuous and dark skinned - everything our culture says isn't beautiful in a woman. But dammit, there she is, proud and lovely.

    Oh, and for the record, it's already apparent that Malia Obama is going to be heartbreakingly beautiful.  And tall.

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