If colorism is the child of White supremacy then light skin privilege is its grand child. During the antebellum period, colorism was used to divide the house slaves, who were usually the off spring of the slave masters, from the field slaves who were dark skin. It was later practiced well into the 20th century by Black civic, political and social organizations. And when you look at the media today this issiue is alive and well.
When Jessie Williams the "Grey's Anatomy" actor recieved the Humanitarian Award on BET the other week, he gave a passionate speech about being black, helping each other, fighting oppression, respecting women and more. Williams was recognized for his work as an activist but gave a provocative take on life for African Americans and a serious demand for justice. Williams outspoken speech is being compared to how he was only able to get away with saying some of the things he said because he's a "light skinned" black man.
Tune in tonight on "Conversations Of A Sistah" at 6:30 p.m. as we discuss Is there a "Light Skin" Priviledge in Society on "Conversations Of A Sistah"
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