NFL player Jahleel Addae and his fiancée Lindsey Nelson made a toast to “more light-skinned kids” and now their Instagram accounts are private, allegedly to circumvent the damage.
Nelson shared the toast between friends, filmed at a restaurant on her Instagram Stories. “Cheers to more light-skinned kids,” one of the men says. His mantra is repeated by the group as they clink their glasses. Addae sits at the table holding the couple’s 1-year-old Zion.
Management for Addae did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s interview request.
Yahoo Lifestyle also reached out to one of two people who is tagged in Nelson’s video. The other person, along with Addae and Nelson have made their Instagram accounts private.
There were denunciations of colorism and opportunism on Instagram and Twitter. In 1982, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker defined the term as, “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
I don’t have problem with you having a white wife if that is who you love. But when you allow that white wife to disgrace you #JahleelAddae your Mother, sisters and future daughters, then you sir have truly forgotten who’s shoulders you stand on and where you are from #GetOut SAD
— Everything Bae Likes (@1SummerStorm) February 10, 2019
Jahleel Addae is a prime example of how anti-black Black men can be towards Black women. That entire table full of Dark skin Black men with white women “here’s to more light skin babies” they want to erase Dark skin Black people. This is why the topic of colorism is important.
— Jason (7 Oscar nominee Black Panther 78+ awards) (@EscaflowneClown) February 10, 2019
I really haven’t got no words man…😞😏you know when your heart jus sinks
— shafia (@Brownin2211) February 10, 2019
“Dear white women, you aren’t winning if a black man loves you simply because he hates himself”
— r. (@babygotprose) February 11, 2019
There was a successful Twitter thread of people posting pictures of darker-skinned children to show Addae and Nelson “what beauty is.”
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