Defending Lupita Nyong'o

I, like many others, have fallen under the spell of newly minted Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o.

Aside from her Oscar and Yale acting school credentials, she has been slaying the red carpet all awards season with her signature style.

Did I mention that she is a very poised and polished young woman in an industry littered with poorly behaved attention seekers.

Clearly that isn't enough for some folks.

For some the deep obsidian color of Ms. Nyongo's skin negates her personal style, her grace, her achievements and most of all her dignity.

Despite the fact colorism is still an issue in many cultures, I'm still floored when its bigotry and stupidity come from other black people.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised after all of these years but I still truly am.

That's when I saw the meme on Twitter.

The meme attempting to degrade this beautiful, accomplished, classy woman solely based on her dark skin color.

It was at that moment I had enough and wrote the following Twitter post:

And I meant it.

The fact that the person who retweeted that horrible meme also happened to be black made it all the worse.  Instead of going back and forth in some extended Twitter battle, I just unfollowed him.

I don't care about the reason.  I'm not interested in an explanation.  I was just done.

I don't have time to get inside someone's head about their self loathing and self hatred.  That's for their therapist.

All I know is that I'm making an effort not to run down others who respect themselves; specifically other black women.

I encourage you to do the same.


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