(The Root) — I find light-skinned guys attractive. There. I said it. The fact that some people will somehow construe my statement as being derogatory or wrought with self-hatred, quite frankly, pisses me off. Especially considering the fact that my husband happens to be a light-skinned, curly-haired African-American brother. Our baby boy looks just like him. Why should I (or anyone, for that matter) have to defend myself for feeling that a light-skinned man is and can be just as beautiful as, say, chocolate hotties Idris Elba and Morris Chestnut?
I’m still fuming over the noncontroversy surrounding RB singer Eric Benet’s latest cut, “Redbone Girl” (referencing the common moniker for light-skinned women). Don’t get me wrong; I’ll always be ticked off about how he allegedly treated our beloved Halle Berry in their marriage. However, those feelings aside, I find it disconcerting that some black folks feel the need to automatically