The Conversation I’d Like to Have With Dark-Skinned Black Men

I hate that you’ll be the first person to claim to love your dark skin then disparage my alleged lack of it, even though that’s usually the reason you single me out. I don’t feel special. I don’t feel flattered. I don’t feel grateful. I don’t want this attention because you think I’m beautiful. I don’t want to be bullied because you like light-skinned girls.

I’ll be the first person to stand up and rant about the systematic marginalization of black men, but...

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