There is an amazing satirical Tumblr called “Old Black People That Look Younger Than Lorde.” The site claims, “I provide scientific proof that we, black people, have in fact found the fountain of youth.” As a brown person I can tell you there has been a long held rumor that, “Black don’t crack.” The idea being that people of color don’t age as quickly as people with fairer skin (Editor’s Note: Which is, in part, true). I don’t know how true this is considering the existence of Robin Wright, Helen Mirren, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Connie Britton and Meryl Streep who are flaw free humans but I do know that I have a 47-year-old aunt that gets mistaken for a 22-year-old and that I still get carded.
The funniest part of this whole thing is that the blogger is using Lorde for comparison. We all know there was that whole Lorde “birther” scandal. The internet actually believed she wasn’t really 17 years old until someone published a copy of her birth certificate. What do you think? Do PoC age a little bit slower than their fairer counterparts? Hmm, I guess we will have to compare some famous Black folk in their forties and up, to our teenage homegirl Lorde, won’t we?