As a black woman, it is annoying and frustrating to have white women constantly degrading us in order to make themselves look "better" in comparison. ...
We cannot let our insecurities, our biases, or our unconscious unremitting to the defaulting of looking at our own lives through White lenses hinder, halt, or detour, the need for justice and freedom.
Those of us with light-skin privilege who speak up about the injustices that we all face as Black people should not have their message minimized while being vilified for their appearance. We do however, have control over how we acknowledge the advantages or disadvantages of our color.
Race and gender cannot be separated for black women. Black women do not have the privilege of living their lives as solely black or solely women at any given point in time. They endure both struggles at once.
No one is better than anyone else. Lighter isn't better than darker or vice versa. Let's teach and practice seeing each other in our simplest form -- human.
As most people woke up with the afterglow of Beyoncé's stunning delivery that still requires many more weeks of reflection, another talented woman of color abruptly seized the headlines.
Doing a person of color a favor by treating them like a white person (or, in other words, like a human being) does not do justice to the equality movement. If we want a shift of perspective - a shift of morals - it is crucial that we become conscious of the privileges and prejudices that come as a result of our colors.
I grew paler and thought ah, I must be fair now. I would wink at myself in the mirror as I got ready in the mornings. Now I am suitable and desirable and marriage material. And I carried on like that till college.
Vashna Jagarnath, Rhodes University Over the past few weeks the...
Colorism tackles stigma within communities of colour that elevates lighter skin at all costs--after all, there is a reason skin bleaching creams are so popular. It speaks to the pernicious qualities of white supremacy that skin tone is such a volatile issue--routinely ignored by campaigns or supporters of anti-racism and racial equality.
We're all BLACK. Some of us just don't know it yet. Although I often feel conflicted about calling myself anything that someone decided to call me based on my skin tone, my heritage or my background
By Abi Ishola A couple of months ago I met a woman in Manhattan who I photographed for our ongoing Real Beauty Moment photo ser...
No, I was never bullied or called 'burnt', or compared to a monkey or a roach. I was never told by a boy that he didn't like me because of my skin color. But, being told by people that I wasn't black or I wasn't black enough took a different toll on me.
There is a great deal of racism and colorism within Hispanic enclaves that goes unnoticed, unreported, and kept in obscurity by other Hispanics who happen to be white (and some POC, too). Why do you think some of us have to start our own platforms to speak about these things?
Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters is the play I've been waiting for. In her one-woman show, actress and writer Echo Brown, 31, powerfully shares her personal experience of love, sexuality, interracial dating, abuse, race and so much more.
I fell in love with the glamour of two individuals from completely different walks of life blending together on ABC during the 1990s. I related to Angela's shortcomings, her ethnicity and the fact that, like her, I too was often the signature black girl in the room.