Colorism’s Role In Discrimination
Kyla Hubbard, Writer
November 7, 2019
To me, this is old news. It’s as simple as this, our entire race is seen as a threat. Damani Hood ‘20 expressed, “When you’re black, you’re a problem, period.” However, within the Black community we all have different experiences based on our skin color due to the rigid stereotypes of the entire race. Those negative stereotypes are usually made up of images of dark skin individuals and never include those who are mixed or light skin. It’s almost as if having lighter skin puts you in a gray area which makes it harder for law enforcement to stereotype and discriminate against. Nia Lambert ‘21 said, “I don’t feel as threatened as a light skinned person which is a problem in itself, because the stereotypes usually don’t extend to people who look like me.”
The world we live in is very black or white, and it completely shuts down when being met with the inbetween or gray area. It’s unfair and honestly sad the way colorism functions in our society, because it creates a division within the Black community. Cori Salter ‘21 explained, “It took me a long time to learn to love myself as a dark skin girl. All the people around me glorified people with lighter skin.” The argument of light skin people having privilege within their disenfranchised community comes up often and punishes those individuals for not experiencing as harsh discrimination as their dark skin counterparts. When will we realize that that is designed to destroy the integrity and power of the Black people? It’s not about our vast difference in experiences, but about how we all have to deal with these strategic systems put in place to work against us.