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"Light skin v.s. Dark skin"
"Stereotypes such as Light Skin Vs. Dark Skin within the Black community are cancerous, dangerous, and shape how we view ourselves and our people. Fortunately, we can solve this problem by teaching and mentally reshaping how we’ve been trained to think and behave"
Ben "Teflon" Walton
Have you ever been told that you're cute to be dark skinned? Are you treated differently because you have lighter skin? Can the self hatred stop within the Black community? If you answered yes to either of these questions join us as we discuss the war between dark and light skin in the Black community
What inequalities exist in the workplace as it relates to skin cmplexion?
What responsibilities does society play in the Black community views skin color?
What roles does skin color place in the Black family?
How do we deal with the sigma surrounded around skin complexion in Black community?
Tonight we'll be discussing some issues surrounding light skin people such as the popular saying "You think you all that cause you light skin!" foolishness.
America's tapestry of beauty has a wide range of shades in it, from dark to light. Light skinned black women celebrities are very visible in the American entertainment industry, especially in singing and acting. Is this fair? Tune in tonight to hear the different views..
As much as we would prefer not to discuss it, skin tone complications of the past still afflict the psyche of present-day America, according to an article by TheGrio. And, to be sure, the studies the article cites don’t isolate the issue to the black community alone. Rather, the studies report that the issue is pervasive in mainstream America as well.
Even employers seem to prefer the lighter-skin blacks among us:
A 2006 University of Georgia study showed that employers prefer light-skinned black men to dark-skinned men, regardless of their qualifications. We found that a light-skinned black male can have only a Bachelor’s degree and typical work experience and still be preferred over a dark-skinned black male with an MBA and past managerial positions,” said Matthew S. Harrison in 2006, then a doctoral student in applied industrial organizational psychology at Georgia.The study, which sampled over 12,000 black women imprisoned in North Carolina between 1995 and 2009, showed that light-skinned women were sentenced to 12 percent less time behind bars than their darker-skinned counterparts. The results also showed that having light skin reduces the actual time served by 11 percent.
We wanted to end Black History Month on a discussion that we really need to get past, to be better in the future. Why do we tell others not to discriminate and then turn and do it to ourselves? It's hurtful to the person that is having it done and wrong. Or maybe you feel that your skin tone grants you privileges over others. Whatever side of the spectrum you fall on, it's not right as a people. Let's talk about moving away from the hurt.
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