Growing up, I had issues with my skin color. I felt that I wasn’t as beautiful as my white peers or my light-skinned counterparts. I would often see my favorite musicians, actresses, and leaders being a lighter shade than me, and felt less than. I also had friends and admirers, before saying insulting comments, such as “You’re pretty for a brown skin girl.” I questioned why can’t I just be beautiful?Thus, begun my deep research on Colorism.
Colorism in the Black community has been around for decades and presently, still resides to this day in our society.
Skin color discrimination by white people isn't a new concept.
In the US, historically, to be a slave, you were legally a nonperson – and unable to enter into legal contracts such as marriage or land ownership, and not EVEN considered a citizen. Whiteness meant that Blackness signified a person was just property. This system warranted that white male slave owners who had children with the Black women that they enslaved contributed to their own wealth. In this system, the likeness to whiteness could increase your chances for freedom. If you had a white father, and more importantly, if you “looked” white or “white passing”, the easier you could potentially claim some sort of freedom.
It even has a deep impact on how we are reflected in the world today. The lighter-skinned Black people are perceived to be more intelligent, desirable, and attractive. Sadly, at times this colorism creates separate and overlooked for the dark skin Black individuals in the job market. In several studies, it’s stated that lighter-skinned Black men with bachelor's degrees have a distinct advantage in job application processes over black men who have MBAs; lighter skinned black women received lighter prison sentences than their darker peers; Blacks with more education are remembered as being lighter than they actually are. These are very real situations that happen often.
The understanding of colorism, originated directly after slavery, when everyone was theoretically free and a citizen regardless of race. This conveyed the amount of color in skin, not just skin color, became paramount for whites to maintain social and economic control.
To free ourselves from the atrocity of colorism, begins with being able to talk about it openly. To also aid for this, would be to adorn yourself with Chlorite Phantom Quartz because of its self healing frequency to love ourselves in the skin that we’re in.