Open Thread: Dark Girls

By Arturo R. García

D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke’s much-anticipated documentary Dark Girls premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network Sunday night, so let’s open the floor up for your opinions.

Following the discussion on Twitter, there seemed to be concern over the documentary touching on white men who entered relationships with black women, yet refusing to touch on issues related to white privilege very heavily.

White Men Discuss Their Attraction to African-American Women

In Dark Girls, hip-hop author and journalist Soren Baker, a white man who's married to an African-American woman, describes his early attraction to women of all races—and shares his father's reaction. Plus, another man in an interracial relationship discusses his wife's skin tone.

Also, a note via Shadow & Act: The film will be available on DVD on Sept. 24.

  • Jay_Dub1

    I wasn’t quite sure how the interracial marriages figured in to the subject of colorism considering they didn’t address it clearly. Baker addressed that he had been attracted to women of all different races without commenting that he liked them,specifically dark(only darker than him) and, eventhough they showed the other white guy’s wife and he talked about the contrast of their skin, the subject still wasn’t clearly addressed. Neither man’s wife got a chance to comment and Baker’s wife, from the quick glimpse we got of her, didn’t appear dark to me. I also found it very interesting the amount of time the opinions of men was spent on. At the same time, the subject of being darkskinned and how it affects men wasn’t directly addressed. I think there should be a follow up to this called “Dark Guys”.