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Kim Kardashian Baby News Tinged With Racism?

Kim Kardashian and baby daddy Kanye West.

Kim Kardashian and baby daddy Kanye West.

Kim Kardashian no sooner had her baby than E! News reported that the newborn girl looks just like Kim…not (ahem) baby daddy Kanye West. The obvious upshot is the baby is light skinned with straight hair and not dark with African features. What’s the message in that?

“She has dark hair,” says the source. “She looks just like Kim,” a source, likely one of the Kardashians, told the entertainment network.

Kim, who gave birth five weeks premature on Saturday, also reportedly announced that the baby’s name would begin with a “K” just like herself, sisters Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner.

That also seems to suggest that the child is destined for a lot of air time on Kim’s reality television shows, which air on the E! Entertainment network.

Kim’s father, the late Hollywood lawyer Robert Kardashian, was of Armenian descent. Armenians are considered to be a mixed race, although most are olive to dark in complexion, with black or brown hair and eyes. Kim closely approximates those features.

Kardashian, 32, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital, which specializes in premature births, early Saturday morning after going into labor Friday night. Kim reportedly gave birth and both she and her baby girl are healthy, according to gossip site TMZ.

But because the baby was born five weeks premature, it’s in a danger zone. Any birth before 37 weeks in considered pre-mature. A normal gestation period is 39 weeks. Kim appears to have had her baby at 34 weeks.

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Kim’s baby will undoubtedly be beautiful no matter who it takes after, but to suggest that it doesn’t look like Kanye at all is unsettling at best and racist at worst, given the nation’s history, even in the African-American community.

For years, light-skinned African-Americans shunned darker-skinned African-Americans. Some black college fraternities, even had what was known as a “paper bag test.” If your skin-color was darker, you weren’t accepted.

Countless Black institutions including the nation’s most eminent Black fraternity, Phi Alpha Phi, Howard University and numerous church and civic groups all practiced this from of discrimination through the mid-20th Century, according to various sources.

Literary works such as Kathy Russell’s “The Color Complex” and Tony Morrion’s “The Bluest Eye” criticized the practice and Spike Lee’s scathing 1988 movie, “School Daze” was a hilarious send-up of the practice.

Let’s hope Kim and her family know better.

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