Why We Need to Talk about Light-Skinned Privilege

Title

Why We Need to Talk about Light-Skinned Privilege

Description

This article describes the existence and impact of colorism - a preference for light-skin - among the black communities in the United States of America. "Colorism has driven black American beauty standards for centuries (for example, the “brown paper bag test”) and has also been found to be a determinant of life chances in larger society: individuals with lighter skin tones have a higher socioeconomic status, have shorter prison sentences, are less likely to be punished in school. Colorism has real consequences. Thus, we must address how colorism works in our every day lives, our activism, and our advocacy work."

Subject

Identity
Aesthetics

Creator

Jordie Davies

Source

Black Youth Project

Date

30 June, 2016

Format

HTML

Language

English

Type

Text

Coverage

United States of America

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Citation

Jordie Davies, “Why We Need to Talk about Light-Skinned Privilege,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed February 20, 2020, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/26.