We don’t know what to think, here. Sherri Shepherd recently spoke with The Breakfast Club about her son Jeffrey’s interaction with African-American girls at school, and we’re not sure how to feel.
“I am going through this thing, he likes these girls,” Sherri told the show’s hosts. “He came in and he said, ‘Mommy, I like white girls.'” Sherri was sure to tell the radio show hosts that “the little Black girls get mean with him.”
When you try to do the #inmyfeelingschallenge w your #moody & #hormonal teen! Jeffrey thinks his #mother is the uncoolest, unhippest, unrelevant person ever ?. Jesus help me make it through this new journey ?? #teenager #sherrishepherd #singlemom #kids #kikidontloveme #13yearsold #jesustakethewheel #momisfly #familyfirst #ilovemyson #kikidontcare
According to Shepherd, Jeffrey has a hard time connecting with African-American girls because they refuse to speak to him and, when they do acknowledge him, cannot hold a conversation without the epic neck roll. “Sometimes they act crazy,” Shepherd revealed.
So what makes the White girls so nice? “The other girls see him and they go, ‘Hey, Jeffrey’ and they wanna feel his hair.”
Honest question, does #colorism only exist with black men? Anytime I see this subject come up, it’s always black women explaining to black men about colorism and very few black men grasping this concept.
— ?Renee? (@Reney730) July 16, 2018
Gabrielle Union had a similar experience with her stepsons who gravitated more towards light-skinned rather than dark-skinned girls at their school. The actress did not place blame on the overlooked girls but instead pointed to the reality of colorism in which individuals with features more closely aligned to the European way are often viewed as more valuable.
— Dr. Ronald E. Hall (@TheSkinColorDr) July 23, 2018
Sherri Shepherd, however, ignored the notion colorism and instead suggested that the problem is with the girls at young Jeffrey’s school. “I keep trying to tell the little girls to be nicer so he can come towards you,” she told The Breakfast Club.
BCK Asks: What do you think? Is Jeffrey’s perception of Black girls at his school hinged on the notion of colorism? Or, do you think that all of the African-American girls genuinely mean to him?