Did you guys hear the news? When we make list posts about random successful people in various areas of pop culture, beauty and life style we need to always indicate in the list that these people are “Black”.
If that sounds ridiculous to you and just us creating something out of nothing you should see the comments on one of BuzzFeed’s latest posts. Writer Bim Adewunmi created a pretty extensive list of 14 UK YouTubers you should follow for everything beauty.
The list consisted of some pretty popular channels some of which are my personal faves, Fusion of Cultures, Shirley B Eniang and EstareLIVE just to name a few. (For the complete list click here).
The women on the list were all black which according to some of the commenters was very misleading in comparison to the title. They thought it would have been better if BuzzFeed put ‘black’ in the title. check out a few of the comments below:
“It’s clear to see from all the immature comments too that many people are like ‘well now you know how it feels!’. Yeah, ok so they’re right, white women are far from under represented and often black, Latina and Asian women have little to none representation in fashion/beauty. Which isn’t right. Having said that, the solution is not to get rid of representation of white women; that would just be racist to white women. Yes, it does exists. Not half as much as with others but it is there! To say otherwise is just ignorant. The solution is to learn from past mistakes and make the representation EQUAL from now on.”
“You post about four black ladies? Post about four white ladies too. And four Asian ladies, and four Latina ladies… Etc. It’s really not that hard!”
“Why are there no fairer skinned women featured on this post? Nowhere does it say “for dark skin” on this article.”
Now there are countless lists out there on the internet ranking women for various talents and attributes.
Many of the lists have pictures of all white women and if the subject pertains to a woman of color she would have use the list to her benefit despite the pictures in the post.