What's with this light skin, brown skin, dark skin mess?
Most Helpful Girl
It's the same thing as other races having blondes, brunettes, redheads, tan and pale. We all look different2
Most Helpful Guy
I think the light skin, dark skin divide is a negative consequence of colonialism. Back in colonialism days, governments applied different laws to people based on how light their skin was. Such a preferential treatment was reflected in black culture because blacks started to place a value on light skin, for legal and practical reasons. Even though the days of laws based explicitly on skin color are over, the culture regarding those rules is still with us today.
A similar example is how English changed after the French conquered Britain in the middle ages. When the French conquered Britain, they spoke French in the royal court while the commoners spoke Old English. Therefore, commoners perceived French phrases like "cordial reception," in a different light that they perceived Old English phrases like "hearty welcome," even though they literally mean the exact same thing. 500+ years later, we still perceive a cordial reception to be fancier than a hearty welcome (source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIzFz9T5rhI) My point is that cultural feelings may persist even though the circumstances that gave rise to those feelings don't exist anymore.0