The Problem Of Colorism : Skin Color, Status, And Inequality

1371 Words Feb 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Colorism” is a form of prejudice in which people are treated differently based on skin color. The subject matter of colorism can be greatly argued amongst the African-American culture. Because of the direct biased attitudes towards skin color there has been a manifestation of internal oppression within the Black race. According to the article, “The Persistent Problem of Colorism: Skin Tone, Status, and Inequality” (Hunter 2007), researchers confirmed that fair-skinned people have clear advantages over dark-skinned people in areas such as education, politics and income. However, dark-skinned people of color are more genuine and approved than fair-skinned people. Colorism has had a tremendous impact on the African-American culture and community. It hurts to know that the African-American race encountered discrimination within their cultural group, along with other cultural groups in the United States. Colorism was passed down from one generation to the next generation dating back to the slavery era. So the idea of fair-skinned being more valuable than dark-skinned has been instilled in the African-American culture. In 2012, a documentary titled “Dark Girls” by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, commentated around the opinions that society had about dark-skinned females compared to fair-skinned females. Cheryl Grills, President of the National Association of Black Psychologists and a featured speaker in the documentary, briefly explained the history of the…

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