colorism in black culture
Colorism is discrimination or prejudice of darker skin tones that exist among members belonging in the same
1. Teaches Dark Skinned Girls, They’re Not Beautiful
A video went viral recently of a 4 -year-
2. White Supremacy Prevails
Colorism is symbolic of the desire to be close to whiteness. When we take a
3. Perpetuates Competition and Division
The irony of it all is black people– we become our own enemies. Black women around the globe make efforts to bleach
4. Encourages Texturism
We can’t discuss Colorism in black culture without mentioning its ugly cousin texturism. Mostly existing within the natural hair community, we’ve all heard it said before you’ve got “good hair” or your hair is “nappy” Chris rock narrated a documentary in 2009 titled, Good hair. The documentary highlights the many efforts black women must under go to maintain acceptable hair. Good hair historically is not defined as whether or not the hair is healthy or not but rather how curly, wavy is it. The tighter the curl the less acceptable. The natural hair community measure natural curls on a scale ranging from type 2 to 4 (2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c). The higher your hair falls on the scale the kinkier the curl.
5. Upholds Unhealthy Beauty Standards
Whether we realize it or not, the content we consume daily
Black women often feel the pressure to alter our natural beauty to look more like society’s idea of how we should look.