Today in american society, many African-Americans are still left with the bitterness of slavery. Even though slavery was abolished in 1865, the events that occured seemed to leave the race seperated and somehow against each other. It all goes back to slavery and there being 2 different types of slaves, the field slaves and the house slaves. Usually if you were darkskin then you would have to work the fields but if you were lightskin you had the privilege of working in the house, having it a bit easier to be a slave because the master felt because you were lighter, you were closer to being white instead of more African. Because of this many house slaves began to believe that they were better than the field slaves because they were lighter and had it easier. The field slaves then started to envy them because they had a better advantage. Even after many years alot of African-Americans still hold on to this stereotype that being lighter is better than being darker because it traces back so long ago. It is now 2012 and most African-Americans have started to accept the fact they ware beautiful no matter what shade they are, while some still feel that being lighter is better than being darker. In the end, everyone within the African-American race is beautiful and honestly, shade doesn't really matter.