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Intra-Racial Color Discrimination (Lighter Skin versus Darker Skin)

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"Intra-racial color discrimination is an embarrassing and controversial subject for African Americans. While many prefer not to discuss it, especially in the company of Whites, others contend that skin color bias no longer exists - that its' history, water over the dam. Yet beneath a surface appearance of Black solidarity lies a matrix of attitudes about skin color and features in which color, not character, establishes friendships; degree of lightness, not expertise, influences hiring; and complexion, not talent, dictates casting for television and film. In the world of entertainment, a Black superstar has surgically altered his features to the point where he no longer looks Black. Delve a little deep, and you will find a reservoir of guilt and anger that threatens to overflow, exposing to African Americans the truth - that skin color still matters." -The Color Complex [Russell, Wilson, Hall 1992] Sarge's commentaries on the topic {http://www.generation-x.net/viewVideo.php?video_id=163&title=OH_YOU_FORGET_YOU_KICKED_THEM_OFF_THE_BUS_) and (http://www.generation-x.net/viewVideo.php?video_id=162&title=1_Last_time_Light_Skin_vs_Dark_Skin_in_BLK_Communi)