" Colorism In the Black Community" l March 22, 2014

BlueBlack - Red-Bone - Yallah : Colorism and the Black Community"

     OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham 
 
March 22, 2014 LIVE 10 pm ET

Colorism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which human beings are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.

Exactly what is colorism? An old children’s rhyme captures the definition in a nutshell.

“If you’re black, stay back;
if you’re brown, stick around;
if you’re yellow, you’re mellow;
if you’re white, you’re all right.”
 
In sum, colorism refers to discrimination based on skin color. Colorism disadvantages dark-skinned people, while privileging those with lighter skin. Research has linked colorism to smaller incomes, lower marriage rates, longer prison terms and fewer job prospects for darker-skinned people. What’s more, colorism has existed for centuries both in and outside of black America. That makes it a persistent form of discrimination that should be fought with the same urgency that racism is.

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