The Between Light And Dark Skin Complexion

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There has been a hidden conflict of prejudice that occurs within a race that has recently became common topic of everyday conversation. In 1982, Alice Walker, a well-known author gave it a name; colorism. Walker defined colorism in “In search of Our Mother’s Gardens” as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color”. Colorism has been a significant factor in the creation of self-hatred between people of light and dark hue. Within this society, a dominant ideology has been created which in turn causes the parts of the population with non-dominant features and characteristics to be made to feel inferior. One of the races is the African American race. The color in between light and dark skin complexion has created a division in the black community in America, and though blacks have come a long way since slavery, they have yet to come to unification amongst one another when placed in the situation of skin differentiation. Colorism in the African American race dates back to the American slavery era. Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation. Africans were stripped from their homeland by countries such as England, Spain and Portugal to work in the “New World” on plantations. The slaves were treated like animals being sold and traded among the slave owners. The Virginia General Assembly declared, in 1705, that

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