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For #BHM Spotlight Sunday, I want to highlight an issue that deeply affected me as a child, and at times, a young adult: Colorism or "the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group". A thread/
There is no denying that being Black comes with its own sets of struggles, but compound that with being *dark-skinned*? Whew chile, the fight becomes harder, esp. for Black women. There have been times when I am surprised when people call me beautiful. Colorism runs deeep. 2/
The idea of colorism is that the closer you are to being white the better, and you're worth is measured by that cc @SandyDarity @KEBroady work on Blackness journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…. It's reinforced when the only prominent BW that are uplifted are fair-skinned, e.g. Beyonce. 3/
Over time, I have learned to love my dark skin, but there are still moments where I have been made to feel inferior. @KherisPoppin was made fun of in school for her deep complexion and now she runs a business that honors her melanin. She turned lemons into sweet lemonade. 4/
In mainstream media, dark-skinned women are depicted as unattractive, unruly, uneducated, etc. I am encouraged by the recent visibility of women like @Lupita_Nyongo, @violadavis , and @badassboz who have begun to dispute those perceptions with their presence and magic. 5/
Colorism is not exclusive to the Black community. The skin bleaching market is a global and profitable industry, one of its largest market is India. In conclusion, being melanated is not a curse and the more people who know that, the better. 6/6
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