Colorism is a very serious matter in schools and in the black community. Light skin vs dark skin dates way back when black people were enslaved. Light skin people were considered closer to white and therefore were treated differently from those of the darker complexion.
This form of racism dates to slavery and has been passed through various elements of our culture. Since the American slavery, darker skinned African Americans have always received harsher treatment than those of lighter complexion. Differences in skin color,
Passed through generation after generation, it has been taught that light skinned has been the right skin since the 1600’s pre-slavery. After all, colorism has its roots in slavery. Colorism have been sowed in the black community and white America for centuries. Planted to racial miscegenation between the enslaved African woman and the white slave-owners, their offspring was obviously lighter. Considering
Racial distinctions between Africans Americans and Caucasians have been used to justify significant differences in jobs, policing and housing, leading to great injustices. If we want to address those injustices we need to change the way we think about what our society needs to do in order to strive. The racial influence on finding jobs for African Americans in modern society still worsens as discrimination still decides who gets the job or the promotion. For example, if two qualified males of both races applied for a job the one who would be called up for the job is most likely the Caucasian male. I believe this because of the statistics that have been shown to me and our society countless times.
Some 45% say that in the past 12 months people have treated them as if they were not smart because of their race or ethnicity” (“Inequality”). Considering all the discrimination African Americans are already getting, stupidity also comes to mind when some see a black person. To add onto this, a majority of white people think of themselves as better off than blacks in general. Among whites, 47% say they are better off than blacks financially, and only 5% of whites think that African Americans are just as well off or better than whites (“Inequality”). Racial issues have a huge effect on blacks in America, but most “white adults have widely different perceptions about what life is like for blacks in the U.S.” (“Inequality”) so not much is getting done to make a
Colorism is a huge problem in many cultures. The privilege that comes with it has been an issue in society and still affects society today. The Tan Block cartoon sheds a light onto the role skin color has in American society when it comes to immigrants and American citizens. The cartoon asks the question," What good is it being American if you don't look the legal?" with a SPF 12,000 tan block bottle in the middle.
Black is a race. Toure’s book explains to us that there are different ways to be black but if we are being honest, its not black and white as the book paints it to be. There are things we can do which differ from the norm of what majority of black people do, but it is not necessarily a different way to be black. I feel like the term post-blackness is used to divert attention
There are still discrimination in America, and I never think it will stop, but hopefully the black people someday will be equal to everybody else. Past: It all started with the slavery back in 17th century. It was back then, the first black slaves came to America. They lived under some very bad conditions, and they were
Brown states that “Colorism is the crazy aunt in the attic of racism” (Faisal, 2013). Colorism is sometimes referred to as the cousin of racism. According to social scientists, such as Edward B. Reuter (1917) and E. Franklin Frazier (1957) Colorism can be traced back to racist ideologies developed in European culture and then passed on during and after slavery. Before Europeans came to the Caribbean, there was the notion of White supremacy and when they came into the Caribbean, these values transferred into Caribbean culture. White slave masters showed preference to those African slaves who had a lighter complexion and they were allowed to work as house slaves, whereas the slaves with a darker complexion worked as field slaves doing all the hard, manual labor.
However, the differences in our skin color, and language, did not stop me from being close friends with people of different racial backgrounds. Now, when I come across someone with a different skin tone, I do not become alarmed and my reaction does not change. My reaction to different races and ethnicities is not a surprised one, or demeaning one. During my internship, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a variety of ethnicities. Fortunately for me, I have learned to put aside skin color as a component to the treatment I give people.