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"Our society has historically painted us a picture of lighter skin equating to attractiveness, intelligence, competence, likeability, etc. "Racism is not necessarily a practice that allots preference and privilege based solely on one's race, but that one's skin color also plays a substantial role in the treatment they will receive." Call in to speak on it 1(347)838-9494
"Here we are in the 21st century and once again those relationships that were forged under enslavement are coming to light again, all that between the domestic [house slave] and the field [slave]," Dr. Alfonso-Wells says. "If you had lighter skin, your conditions weren't as harsh. Those who were lighter skinned had more opportunities to escape their conditions than those who had darker skin, and you can still see that today."
In Latin America, in particular, lighter-skinned people tend to get the better jobs because they are considered to look "more presentable," Negative perceptions based on skin tone are one aspect of "cultural wounding" black people experience living in a majority culture, he said.
Here are some of the chilling quotes from this documentary:
"I can remember being in the bathtub asking my mom to put bleach in the water so that my skin would be lighter and so that I could escape the feelings I had about not being as beautiful, as acceptable, as lovable."
"She's pretty for a dark-skinned girl ... What is that supposed to mean?"
"They used to say, 'You stayed in the oven too long.' "
"The racism that we have a people amongst ourselves is a direct backlash of slavery within every culture not just among BLACKS."
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