Colorism has affected the Black Community for Centuries and dates back to slavery. In this conversation, these 8 women of different shades share their stories and perspective of colorism and how they have experienced it within their life. It is a much-needed conversation that some people in the Black community ignore or disagree with due to their privilege from colorism
“My two best friends are much lighter than me, right? So I’ve been standing next to my friends, and people have literally not said hello to me because they are not seeing me. People literally ignore dark-skinned women, particularly fat dark-skinned women, particularly fat dark women that don’t have no hair. Me!” – Nyasa
“The color spectrum is something that we have to deal with if we want to move forward at all, as a people.” – Nia.
“We have to understand that we didn’t originally create this type of animosity; we didn’t create this kind of intense relations with each other. It was brought upon us. So even if it was here for African Americans in the US or if it is in Central or South America or in the Caribbean, this is something that was structured to be able to divide and conquer.” – Majella
Colorism is an important topic to discuss because it is something that continues to divide the Black Community. Tune in to our latest podcast, Shades of Colorism, in which we converse about the responsibility we as the Black Community need to take to end the cycle of colorism.