Blog from my wife. This is a really great read!
I was watching Oprah’s Life Class the other day and the topic was on colorism. Now, at first glance my response was, is that a word? Really, colorism? Is that what we have resulted too? Like there isn’t enough prejudice and indifference amongst individuals as it is that we have now added to that pool of emotions and treatment with this new term. But after a few minutes into the segment I realized this really is a true problem. Not just within my community of African Americans but amongst other cultures of varying skin tones and complexions. As far as the African American community is concerned, this stemmed from a long history of slavery. The lighter skinned slaves were seen better and more beautiful and were given house hold duties and better treatment. Whereas the field slave was subject to the harsh outdoors and more brutal physical labor. I can…
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