There are too many misconceptions and myths about colorism currently floating around, such as the idea that colorism is only a black American problem, or the notion that colorism is less prevalent than racism and thus, a lesser evil. While I’d love to debunk each one of these claims, I’ve chosen to focus on the three ideas I’ve heard most commonly.
1. Colorism Only Affects “Ugly” Dark-Skinned Girls
Gas-lighters who attempt to rebuff the existence of colorism and shame darker-toned women often love to claim that colorism is a problem exclusive to so-called “ugly” or “average” dark-skinned black women. However, a quick internet search will debunk this lazy argument.
There are many above-average and exceptionally attractive dark-skinned black women who have spoken about colorism and its influence on their personal and professional lives. From Gabrielle Union to Keke Palmer to Lupita N’yongo to Kelly Rowland, there are multitudes of beautiful dark-skinned women who have publicized their experiences with colorism.
2. “We Are All Black”
Yes, lighter-skinned black people and dark-skinned black people are all black. But when it comes to our treatment in society, we are not all the same, nor are we treated equally. Just because white people view us all as black, doesn’t mean the system of white supremacy treats us all the same. Studies have shown that darker-skinned black people face longer prison sentences, harsher treatment in schools, and many other disadvantages in society.