I consider myself to be an extremely privileged person having been born Caucasian. I’ve never faced the prejudice that black women, men and children have faced, and continue to face on a daily basis in our modern day culture. I know that, as much as we’ve made strides in recent years as a society, equality is still not a reality. Which is why shit like this pisses me off.
Kim Kardashian is not black. Kim Kardashian is married to an African American man, she has kids who are, therefore, half African American, but she herself is not black.
In fact, Kim Kardashian is of Irish, English and Armenian descent. To those who are defending this photo stating her skin colour is do to her Armenian heritage, Armenian people are largely known for being Caucasian, just having olive skin-tones. To those who are defending this photo claiming that it’s the lighting, no amount of lighting changes your skin tone to look that of a different race, or plumps your lips and styles your hair to take on African American traits.
I know the Kardashian’s live by the notion that all press is good press, but what goes through a woman’s mind when she’s been called out for cultural appropriation twice already this year and it seems to be an ongoing issue with her family? She clearly thinks it’s fine. Did she just think ‘hey I’d like to look more like my husband and kids?’ Did she just think ‘Well if I make it look glamorous then it’s not blackface?’
Stuff like this pisses me off because, with more than 100 million people following her on social media, the naive and uninformed people of this world will think that this behaviour is okay.
Here’s a few photos from the archives to show just how caucasian she is.
I saw a tweet today that said ‘Kim Kardashian has been slowly turning herself into a black woman for years as though it’s ‘no big deal’.
And I really don’t think it’s right.
African American people in the United States are treated as criminals for just being black. A four year old girl took a doll from a dollar store in Arizona without her mom noticing and police pointed guns at her parents and manhandled them as though they were packing heat because of it. A man was gunned down in his backyard whilst holding his cell phone in his hand, that police claimed was a gun. A cop in Texas walked into the wrong apartment and shot and killed the man living there because she was scared of him for being black.
Kim Kardashian wants to look black, but she doesn’t want to acknowledge the struggles that African American’s face on a daily basis just for the colour of their skin.
And to anyone who says it’s a spray tan – there’s a considerable difference between a spray tan and specifically going out of your way to look as though you’re a different race.
We’re trying to come up us a society and teach people that racism is bad, cultural appropriation is offensive, wrong and unfair and that we should be treating people equally. This woman comes along with her team of makeup artists and photographers, wardrobe stylists and designers to specifically seek out trying to look a different race so that she can glamorize it and make it look as though it’s the next, ‘new-in’ trend to do.
This is not okay.
Being black is not a costume. She’s trivializing violent, historic (and present) oppression and perpetuating racist stereotypes. This photo (the magazine cover with dark skin at the top of the post) and all of the other times she’s done this allows her capitalize financially for trying to fake something that women all over the world are embodying naturally and getting no credit for.
It’s not cool. It’s not right.