How Colorism Affects Light Skinned Girls and Women

Some people mistakenly assume that colorism is an issue for dark skinned people, but it’s actually an issue for all people. The prevalence of that misconception is part of the reason colorism persists. In order for our communities to really heal from this issue, we must acknowledge the ways that colorism affects light skinned girls and women. Having a light skinned sister, it’s easy for me (and her) to see both sides of this issue and how no one goes untouched by colorism. For others, however, it may not be as clear. I single out females because color intersects with gender in ways that are more complex than one post… Read More

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The Epidemic of Skin Bleaching Around the World

Personal preferences. Individual lifestyle choices. Freedom… Those are some of the things people call upon to explain and justify their indifference about the things other people do. When we talk about something like skin bleaching around the world, they say it’s no different than pale people getting tans. Well, they’re right about that. Tanning and bleaching are very similar in that both can be deadly, especially for those who can’t afford vetted, high-quality bleaches. Of course most people survive these practices, but not without long-term damage to their skin and overall health. There’s also the literal cost of skin bleaching. People continue to exploit colorism and racism for profit. So, I… Read More

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Colorism in Mexico Airline Casting Call

As with many places around the globe, the history of colorism in Mexico is related to colonialism, social class, marriages (mejorando la raza), and various forms of discrimination. Recently, there’s been an explicit example of colorism in Mexican media dealing with the airline Aeromexico and its ad agency The Catatonia. According to Adriana Gomez Licon of the Daily Reporter: Greenfield, Indiana: “The commercial has not yet been made, but the casting call specified it wanted ‘nobody dark skinned,’ only actors with ‘white skin.’ …” “Skin color was the second most-frequently cited cause of discrimination, after poverty, in a June survey of 5,200 Mexico City residents by the city government.” The airline and ad agency… Read More

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Light Vs Dark Skin on Another View

Despite the title of this segment, it’s clear that the show is NOT perpetuating the light vs dark skin division.   “Another View” was a TV series at one point but was eventually converted into a radio show (as you can see discussed in the last part of this video). They’re self-described as addressing “issues specific to the vibrant African American community of Hampton Roads.” The show’s host and executive producer is Barbara Hamm Lee, who has much experience in journalism, broadcasting and communications. The effort to bring light and dark skinned people together is obvious in this video with two dark skinned and two light skinned panelists. Lee’s choice to… Read More

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Oprah’s Next Chapter: Actresses Talk Light Vs Dark Skin

Actresses Tackle the Debate over Light vs. Dark Skin “In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is discussed in the documentary Dark Girls, is something many African-American actresses must overcome. Watch as Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union tackle the complex issues surrounding people’s perception of light versus dark skin.” Also note how Phylicia Rashad does what many people do, which is pretend obliviousness, dismiss the issue, and then shut down the conversation by changing the subject. I must say this is an issue many dark skinned… Read More

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