The Negative Effects Of Colorism In The African American Community

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As some may say, “If you’re light, you’re alright. If you’re brown, stick around. And if you’re Black, get to the back.” Colorism has become a popular practice in the African American culture. The praise for being fair­skinned is often seen as being a light­hearted compliment that degrades the other half of the spectrum. In the article, “Black Identity” by Kathy Russell, Russell researches and proves how the negative effects of colorism is ever present in the African American culture and is ingrained into their youth. Colorism is not a new debatable topic but the effects of such continues to evolve. Colorism in the African American Community, specifically, needs to be addressed and dealt with so that they may unite as a community with the purpose of understanding how the present is in correlation with the past, decrease the popularity of color­based self­hate within the African American community so they may eradicate the racial issues present in the judicial system, and teach African American youth to fight against colorism and its negative effects so that they can create positive, proud future for the African American community.
To begin, African Americans must unite as a community. In order to do so, they must understand the history of colorism. In majority of the African American history of the Western Hemisphere, African Americans were surrounded by the idea and were taught that their darker skin was and still is unworthy, unattractive and less valuable. Ronald Hall,

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