Colorism Quotes

Why compile a list of colorism quotes? The official answer is that a collection of quotations helps fulfill the CH mission to raise awareness and provide a hub of information and resources about colorism. Other equally valid and true reasons: People like quotes! Because sometimes I just don’t know what to write. Sometimes I get tired of my own voice and just want to soak up what others have said. Sometimes I feel like people aren’t hearing me, but they might be able to hear someone else. Full disclosure: This is by no means a comprehensive survey. I selected quotations that I tend to agree with and that are by people (much) more famous than me.… Read More

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Black In America Hangout with Essence, Soledad O’Brien, Vision, and Dr. Blay

ESSENCE: So the idea of colorism, especially, is something that we in the black community clearly know about. It’s a taboo issue that we don’t necessarily talk about, so I’m so happy that you brought this issue up in the documentary. How do you think colorism is playing out in 2012? Soledad O’Brien: It just is. The same way it’s always played out, which is people value certain skin tones differently. It’s inherently apparent. I thought one of the most disturbing things in the documentary was to see a seven year old who really is clearly getting those messages. She’s seven, and she fully understands the messages that are sent… Read More

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Soledad Talks Colorism in “Who is Black in America?”

Soledad talks colorism and strikes a nerve. The topic got under the skin of blacks, whites, and others. Since Sunday evening, when Soledad O’Brien’s fifth installment of Black in America aired on CNN, many have asked, “Does it matter who is black in America?” Of course, proponents of the “I’m HUMAN” brand, and the “I don’t see color” camp showed up in full force following the documentary. Several have insisted that people like Soledad pick at the scab of racism and won’t let us heal. That she and others are responsible for keeping racism and colorism alive because they won’t stop talking about it. Other complaints included “I’m not represented,” or “This documentary doesn’t run… Read More

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